The Indians got Jacob Berg back in his return to the hardwood, but it was not enough as the Indians fell to MCC and TMB in the annual tip-off tourney this past weekend. The Indians have a full week of practice before traveling to Hector to take on the Mustangs on Dec. 11.

Indians 69

MCC 79

The Indians boys basketball team got their season started Friday night, Nov. 30 in their annual Tip-Off Tournament. The Indians hosted the Murray County Central Rebels in their home gym once again and fell to the Rebels by a score of 79-69.

The Indians hung in the balance for most of the night, but going 9 of 25 from the free throw line was a large footprint in the loss.

The Indians were led by senior Nathan Walter with 24 points and Jose Ibarra finished with 14. Kegan Heiderscheidt added 16 of his own, while Jacob Berg scored 11 points in his return to the hardwood after taking last year off.

Indians 63

TMB 67 (F/OT)

The Indians returned to the court Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as the game was moved up to combat the snowstorm that drubbed the area later that afternoon.

The Indians squared off with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and fell by a score of 67-63 in overtime.

The Indians at one point were trailing by 16 points in the second half, yet made an inspiring comeback in the second half to take a four-point lead with just over a minute remaining. TMB came out of a timeout and hit a three in the corner near the TMB bench to bring the score within one. The Indians were sent to the charity stripe and made one of the two free throws and TMB tied the game with a tick over :15 seconds remaining. The Indians got a few looks near the end of regulation but were unable to take advantage.

TMB snuck away with a victory in overtime 67-63. Coach Shane Heiderscheidt knows what his team needs to work on in the next week as the Indians have off until Dec. 11 when they travel to Hector to take on the Mustangs of BLHS. “Once again, missed free throws did us in,” he says. “I was extremely pleased with the effort and hustle in both games.”

Sleepy Eye was led by senior Nathan Walter with 21 points and fellow senior Jose Ibarra added 15 of his own. Jacob Berg added 12 points and drew three charges on the defensive end of the court.