Monday nights Conference game against Clopton had everything a true basketball fan could want.
Energy in the stands, two teams that know each other very well, overtime and of course “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat.”
A game that went into overtime tied 35-35 ended on a three-point buzzer beater with only 1.3 seconds left by Clopton’s Rheed Leake, giving the Hawks a 43-40 victory.
Despite the heartbreaking last second loss, Head Coach Ryan Parker was focused on the fact that his team just didn’t value the basketball.
“Before the game we talked about limiting our turnovers and executing our stuff. The games we have lost this year we really didn’t value the basketball enough,” said Parker. “Sometimes its not necessarily just turning it over, it’s taking quick shots and bad shots. That is one area we have to get better in.”
Parker was also not happy with the execution out of time outs. In fact in his words it was “terrible.”
With this loss it shows that the Indians have to be on their game each and every night.
“We have to get back into the mind set of everyone is going to give us their best game and we have to be on our game to every night,” said Parker. “If not we will get beat.”
The Indians had two players finish in double figures. Kenny Lesley (14 points) and Rahiem Porter (11 points) were followed by six points from Dylan Howard, four points from Zach Rimel and three points from Rodney Chatman.
On Friday the Indians will look to collect their 24th straight home victory against Orchard Farm.
This will be second meeting this year against Orchard Farm and coach expects more of the same from the Eagles.
“Orchard Farm is a very well coached team and the first time we played them they threw a ton of junk at us,” said Parker.
The Indians won that game 56-41 at the Lutheran Tournament on Dec. 21.
This night is also special because it will be homecoming.
“At homecoming it’s always great to see former players and see the gym packed supporting Elsberry High School,” said Parker. “If you go back and talk to former players this is probably one of their favorite nights and they can point out many details surrounding it.”
The homecoming game will be broadcast live on the Indian Sports Network at www.elsberrydemocrat.com.