The Sleepy Eye Public boys basketball team struggled to get anything going on Jan. 17 when it took on Springfield in a Tomahawk Conference match-up.
The Tigers did well on defense, holding back senior Brandon Polesky to just 20 points in the game. Behind him was senior Austin Trebesch, who had a season-high 16 points. But besides Polesky and Trebesch, the rest of the Indians failed to bring in enough points, as Sleepy Eye lost 49-69.
“We got off to a very slow start and never were able to recover,” Indians Coach Brian Polesky said. “We need to become more consistent on offense and receive more balanced scoring as we head into the second half of the season.”
On a more positive note, Brian Polesky mentioned their rebounds have improved over the past few games. Against Springfield, Polesky recorded 12 rebounds, while Trebesch, Spencer Weicherding, and Ruben Astorga had four apiece. Meanwhile, sophomores Austin Fischer and Isaiah Krumbach combined for 11.
On Jan. 21, Sleepy Eye hosted BOLD where the Warriors won 84-50. It took no time at all for BOLD to gain a big lead in the first half. The Warriors had a clear height advantage, relying on their tall post players to grab rebounds and make shots under the hoop. Meanwhile, the Indians were held to just 20 points in the half as BOLD’s physical defense was too much to get by.
The Warriors started the second half with eight unanswered points. Both Brandon Polesky and Weicherding made a few threes to gain back some points, but BOLD responded with several threes of its own after shooting well outside the paint.
Brandon Polesky led Sleepy Eye with 25 points, 12 of which came from threes. He also went 7-7 at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Weicherding added 11 points and Trebesch had nine.
The Indians move to 4-10 on the year. Wabasso leads the Tomahawk Conference with over eight wins.