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Indians hack down the competition and take first in the Nike/Cougar Classic

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

The Elsberry Indians got their revenge last Saturday night as they defeated Fort Zumwalt North to win the Lutheran Nike Cougar Classic. Matt Loesing and Kevin Dotson were named to the All-Tournament Team and Scott Kroeger was named All-Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Now into their third week the Boy’s Indians Varsity Basketball team is setting the bar for the season.

This past week the Indians participated in the Nike/Cougar Tournament at Lutheran High School in St. Peters. The first team the Indians played was the Silex Owls on Thursday, Dec. 15 and devastated the score board with a 70-29 win. Although the boy’s had a slow first period it didn’t take long for them to figure out the Silex defense and move on to game two of the tourney.

Next up was the Lutheran Cougars on Friday, Dec. 16 and the Indians once again played hard for the win, 57-27. Both these games would lead up to the match the Indians have been waiting for all year; a rematch against the Fort Zumwalt Panthers.

“We have been talking about playing them and having a shot to redeem ourselves from last year for awhile now,” Head Coach for the Varsity Indians Ryan Parker said. “Although we didn’t play our best basketball on Saturday night we were still able to come out with a win and that shows what kind of ball club that we have.”

Parker said one highlight from the Saturday, Dec. 17 game was that the Indians got contributions from all 11 players on the team. Another highlight for Parker was watching the determination of the team that led to the 52-48 win over the Cougars.

“We have always been a team, in previous years we have relied on Scott Kroeger and Matt Loesing more but when you have a lot of guys that can help you win games, you are going to be hard to beat,” Parker said. “You just cant focus on Kroeger and Loesing, now you have a team full of guys to worry about.”

So far Parker said he feels as though the teams offensive execution isn’t quite where it should be. According to him, the team will be working to clean that up while on winter break. However, he also said he can’t be upset when the boy’s went 3-0 for the championship win in the tourney.

“I really like what we got out of Charles Fraction this week,” Parker said.

“He showed us that he is a threat on offense and defense. He was really good for us this last week at Cougar Classic.”

Although Parker said the Cougar Classic was a good chance for the Indians to show what they are capable of he still wants them to remain focused on one game at a time.

“We are going to win a lot of games and some of those are going to be by 30+, we cant overlook anyone no matter how good or bad they may be,” Parker said. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far this year. Not every night do we look good or execute flawlessly but with your support, we look forward to coming out every night and showing you what we are made of.”