During last week’s Bowling Green Tournament the Elsberry Indians experienced “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.
The top seeded Indians dominated the number eight seed Van-Far in the opening round with a 52-22 victory.
Despite the lop-sided victory, Van-Far started the first quarter with a plan that had Elsberry on it’s heals.
“I thought Van-Far did a good job in the first quarter at slowing us down and taking good shots,” said Coach Ryan Parker.
However, once the second quarter began, Elsberry turned up the heat defensively.
They allowed only 12 more points (four in each quarter).
“We didn’t change anything other than we decided that we needed to play harder and that was the result,” said Parker. “We are capable of that sort if defensive effort each night but have to commit to playing hard every possession.”
Offensively Parker “would love to be more balanced.”
“Teams know we are going to get Kenny [Lesley] touches but when teams double and triple him we need to find those open guys and capitalize,” stated Parker.
Lesley led the team with 23 points, followed by 14 points from Rahiem Porter. Rodney Chatman finished with six, Dylan Howard with five and Zach Rimel with four points.