Indians fall short in Cougar Classic

 Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Adam Sherrow, forward for the Elsberry Indians, is just one of the players Head Coach Ryan Parker excepts to see great things from going forward. With help from other bench players, such as Dylan Howard, Caleb Eisenbath and several others, he thinks fans will see a more diverse team following the holiday break.

Indians had high hopes prior to entering the Cougar Classic Lutheran Tournament, as they were first seed and seemed to be the favorite to win. However with three losses, one at the buzzer, one in overtime and one for seventh place, they may have finally realized where they need work.

“You can’t just focus on the negatives,” said Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker. “We learned a lot from those games and we did some good things, but I do think we played tired.”

According to Parker, the weeks schedule was not something that worked in their favor, having played or practiced everyday prior to the start of the tourney.

“I think we found out a lot about ourselves and I found out a lot about kids off the bench,” said Parker. “We learned how our kids handle adversity. We learned late game situation stuff, as far as what to do and what not to do. We learned a lot and you can’t always look at things as a negative just because of wins and losses.”

Parker has said before and mentioned again they are a roller coaster team, which there are going to be high and low days but that is just part of having a young team.

“You’re going to have those high’s and lows, we’re not just a young team grade wise but inexperience,” said Parker. “I definitely think we have issues we need to work on as a team but it’s part of the growing process.”

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