The Sleepy Eye Indians boys’ basketball team traveled to Morgan on Monday, Mar. 6, to take on the top-ranked Cougars of Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.

The Sleepy Eye Indians boys’ basketball team traveled to Morgan on Monday, Mar. 6, to take on the top-ranked Cougars of Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.

CMC 86

Sleepy Eye 60

The Indians came out like a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain against the number one seed Cougars on Monday night. “They have so much to lose that we don’t,” said coach Shane Heiderscheidt. “They are the one seed, we are nine, if we take it the get knocked out early.” The Indians faced off against CMC twice in the regular season, suffering two losses at 74-49 and 75-51. Unfortunately, Monday night was not the night that David beat Goliath.

CMC came out firing on all cylinders, taking the lead. The Indians fought back hard, but the Cougar three-pointers put the Indians in trouble early.

Indians Zach Haala and Ben Laffen, kept their team on the scoreboard, with key defensive plays made by Avery Stevens, but that couldn’t save the Indians as the gap continued to widen. By halftime the Indians had fallen 16 points behind, with the score at 44-28, Cougars.

From the first half to the second, the Indians were plagued by Cougar Wambde Diaz and his placement for three-pointers. In the second half the Cougars shut down many of the Indians attempts at the hoop. Indians Colton Gemmill and Stevens managed some rebounds that opened up the hoop for Laffen. The Cougars responded to every attempt at a comeback by going on five to eight point runs.

While the Indians never gave the Cougars a chance to play a slower game, the Cougars held the intensity and came out winning, 86-60.

The Indians were led by Haala with 15 point,s followed by Laffen with 11.

The Cougars will play BOLD next; the Indians’ season came to an end.