Since defeating GFW on Jan. 24, the Sleepy Eye Indians boys basketball team has sunk into another winless drought that has defined the 2011-2012 season.

Since defeating GFW on Jan. 24, the Sleepy Eye Indians boys basketball team has sunk into another winless drought that has defined the 2011-2012 season.

The number three has proved itself the Achilles Heel for the Sleepy Eye boys basketball team.

The first in the current three game skid came by way of a 67-57 loss to Springfield on Jan 31.

Despite being a very entertaining back and forth game, this was a clear case of being outrebounded, which proved to be the difference in the game.

“We played well in many aspects of the game tonight except for rebounding. Springfield really beat on the boards collecting 21 offensive boards.
The game was close throughout, but when you give that many extra possessions, it’s tough to win. We have been playing better in the second half of the season. We just need to put all phases of the game together. We had balanced scoring from Brandon, Tyler and Tyler Netzke who all played well,” head coach Brian Polesky commented.

The Indians then took on the Mustangs of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in a contest on the road and walked away on the short side of a tightly fought 42-40 final score.

“We struggled early in the game with BLHS’ size, getting down by 15 points, but like we have all season, the guys fought back by playing great second half defense to take a one point lead with under a minute to go, but we missed a couple of free-throws and BLHS hit a big three to win it. When you hold a team to 42 points, you give yourselves a great chance to win and I was proud with our effort, we just have to stay confident with our shooting. Tyler Netzke had a great overall game," Coach Polesky said in summary of the game.

On Monday evening the Indians returned to their home court to tip off against the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers in, what would prove to be a very exciting Conference match up.

The Chargers jumped out to an early lead, pulling ahead 15-4 with 10:34 to go in the first half.

Sleepy Eye called a timeout to halt the MVL offense and regroup offensively and defensively. A timeout which proved successful, as Sleepy Eye was able to hold MVL?to just two points, while scoring 14 of their own and battling to within one point. A number that would change hands multiple times throughout the remainder of the game.

The first half of play came to a close with the Indians on the short side of the 29-26 score.
The second half was marked by an early scoring drive from both sides. The Indian’s scoring was helped by the shot of Mickey Medrano, draining multiple three pointers.

Sleepy Eye looked to be sitting nice after they took the lead away, when Tyler Hadley took a foul, made the shot and the resulting free throws to put the Indians up  51-49 with five minutes to play in the contest.  

This lead remained until the closing seconds of the game.

The Indians were up by three, 55-52, with about 12 seconds to play. MVL had the ball on their own end and in ESPN?highlight fashion, the ball was passed to the top of the key, the shot was put up from well behind the three point line as the buzzer sounded. It was good. Quite reminiscent of the BLHS?game the previous week.

MVL was elated, SEPS dejected. Feelings that manifested themselves in the extra period of play. Sleepy Eye couldn’t get the offense going, while MVL’s hype continued. At the end of the night, MVL walked away with a great win, defeating SEPS?by a score of 60-70.

“It’s tough to lose a hard fought game like this,” Polesky said. “The guys battled back throughout the game and I thought our defense forced a lot of second half turnovers. Tyler Hadley, Mickey Medrano and Brandon Polesky all had solid games. Matt Schroepfer was a spark off the bench and Tyler Netzke led us in rebounds,” he concluded.

The loss moves Sleepy Eye to 5-16 on the season, while MVL improves to 12-12

Stats from Springfield
Brandon Polesky: 19 pts, 6 asts
Tyler Hadley: 18 pts, 5 asts
Tyler Netzke: 14 pts, 7 rbds

Stats from BLHS
Tyler Netzke: 18 pts 8 rbds
Mickey Medrano: 8 pts
Jake Trebesch:  6 pts 6 rbds
Brandon Polesky: 4 pts 5 asts
Tyler Hadley: 2 pts 8 rbds

Stats from MVL
Tyler Hadley: 20 pts 5 asts
Mickey Medrano:  17 pts
Brandon Polesky:  14 pts 7 rbds
Matt Schroepfer:  5 pts  6 rbds.
Tyler Netzke:  4 pts  8 rbds.