The Sleepy Eye Indians boys basketball team struggled to get back into it Thursday, Jan. 4, against New Ulm Cathedral.

The Sleepy Eye Indians boys basketball team struggled to get back into it Thursday, Jan. 4, against New Ulm Cathedral.

NU Cathedral 59

Sleepy Eye 46

The Indians struggled to find the hoop in the first half. Ben Laffen sank two three-pointers to keep the Indians in the game, but the big difference came from Avery Stevens with nine points. Overall the Greyhounds held their ground on defense, while both teams struggled with shooting, resulting in a lot of back and forth movement on the court.

“We turned the ball over way too much,” said Coach Shane Heiderscheidt. “We had like 15 in the first half. It’s unlikely for us to do that, but they played good defense.”

In the second half, both teams slowed it down, but still struggled to make contact. The Indians found themselves in real trouble, only scoring 25 points in the second after trailing 32-21 at halftime.

“It was our first game back from the break,” Heiderscheidt said. We had some guys sick, but we’ll be alright. We’ll be ready for them next time.”

Stevens led the Indians with 14 points, Laffen and Matt Sellner followed, sinking 10 each.