The Indians got a balanced effort on the offensive side of the court and were strong defensively in the blowout victory.

After receiving a whole 10 days off, the Sleepy Eye Indians boys basketball team was finally back in action Tuesday night in Hector to face the Mustangs.

The ten days off allowed the Indians to refine things to coach Shane Heiderscheidt’s liking after going 1-1 in the Sleepy Eye Invitiational to tip-off the season the weekend of Dec. 1.

The Indians wasted no time in letting the Mustangs know what they were in for. Sleepy Eye took a convincing lead into halftime by the score of 42-19 and finished off the Mustangs with a dominating 77-49 win.

Leading the Indians were senior Nathan Walter with 24 points, Kegan Heiderscheidt had 18, and Jose Ibarra chipped in 15. Jacob Berg also contributed with 10 points.

The Indians used the balanced effort on offense and the defensive side of the ball did not go unnoticed by Heiderscheidt. “We played very good defensively tonight,” he said while pointing out the Mustangs had only 19 points at the half.

The Indians are back in the confines of their own gym Friday night as the St. Mary’s Knights travel across town for the crosstown matchup at 7:30 p.m.