Whatever hope the Knights had of getting a win against the Indians from across the tracks, were knocked down in the opening minutes of the their game at home.

Whatever hope the Knights had of getting a win against the Indians from across the tracks, were knocked down in the opening minutes of the their game at home.

Indians 94

Knights 45

In the first two minutes of the game, the Indians put themselves ahead 11-2. “We finally got three days of practice,” said Indians Head Coach Shane Heiderscheidt. “We shot a lot of baskets and worked on our defensive intensity and rotations. It showed tonight.”

Ben Laffen set it up, knocking down a trey for the Indians on the first shot of the night. Zach Haala and Nathan Walter kept it going—hitting two buckets each for the 11 points. On the Knights’ side, Nick Labat kept them in the fight—hitting a lay-up, a three-pointer and a shot from inside the paint on a rebound.

Well into the first half, the Indians’ speed and height became the difference maker, keeping the Knights from the offensive rebounds they needed to get shots or time at the foul line. Indian Jose Ibarra knocked down two treys late in the half. “We found the open guy, which is what you’re supposed to do,” Heiderscheidt said. “We passed and our guy hit the shot.”

There were two things that kept St. Mary’s in the game in spite of the quickly growing deficit: six points from Brandon Wait on rebounds and three treys from Carter Currans and Dalton Meyer. By halftime, the Knights were in trouble with the score at 51-29, Indians.

The second half absolutely belonged to the Indians, but more so it belonged to Laffen, who sank five three-pointers. Carter Brinkman also had a big night on offense. Every time the Knights shot the ball, Brinkman was there to grab the rebound. “He’s one those first guys off the bench,” Heiderscheidt said. “He gives you 110 percent and he can jump. He’s strong and he gets to the ball. I’m lucky to have him on the team.”

With the lead well under their control, Coach Heiderscheidt sent in Logan and Carter Netzke, from the bench, for their first varsity game. “We want to maintain intensity,” said Heiderscheidt. “It doesn’t matter if you start, or you’re second string, or if you hardly see time on the court, you have to come out aggressive and they did that.”

The Indians banked another win at home. “Public really played a complete basketball game,” said Knights Head Coach Tim Milliard. “The combination of their length on defense and how efficiently they shot the ball, was just too much for us to overcome.”

Laffen led the Indians with 20 points. Nathan Walter got 16 points, followed by Haala with 15.

Wait led St. Mary’s with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Meyer racked up 10 points and two rebounds. Labat sank 10 points and got four rebounds.