Very few freshmen or even sophomores see playing time the likes of some of the youngsters for Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker this season.
“There will be games that we need those young kids to step up and give us quality minutes,” said Parker.
With two sophomores Rodney Chatman and Zach Rimel in the starting lineup and big minutes off the bench from Sophomores Wayne Holland, Gavin Hill and Freshmen Tyler Turnbull the Indians have depth they maybe didn’t see at the beginning of the season.
“They are on varsity for a reason,” said Parker. “The minutes they get will only help them down the stretch.”
INDIANS VS SILEX
In the Indians 68-34 win over Silex on Monday night Coach Parker was able to utilize the play of some of those youngsters.
Rimel and Holland combined for 10 points, but it was their hustle and heads up play making a difference.
“Rimel and Holland are young and learning on the fly but are getting better and giving us big minutes,” said Parker.
The night however belonged to Junior Guard Rahiem Porter. Porter had the hot hand all night scoring a game high 19 points in just three quarters. He was named the ISN Peoples Bank & Trust Player of the Game.
“Rahiem is playing some really good basketball right now and I’m excited for him,” said Parker.
According to Parker Elsberry’s plan was to push the ball more and score more in transition and “that showed against Silex,” said Parker.
Junior Kenny Lesley (17 points) and Chatman (12 points) also landed in double figures.
Each and every season Elsberry Homecoming packs a huge crowd in the Clark Cox Gymnasium and last Friday it was no different.
“The homecoming game is something our guys talk about all year…packed house, high energy and just a great atmosphere,” said Parker.
This year there was a little something special in the air. A possible career milestone.
In the third quarter Lesley’s dunk off of a rebound netted the big man is 1000th point (see story on page 16). The energy from then on was huge.
The Indians limited the Eagles to no points in the first quarter but Orchard did battle back with four three pointers in the second quarter to cut the Indians lead to 10 points (27-17) at the half.
Neither team scored much in the third quarter and Elsberry was able to hold off Orchard Farm in the fourth to secure the 47-37 victory.
“We did some good things and some not so good things but a lot had to do with the way Orchard Farm was playing us,” said Parker.
Elsberry had only one player in double figures, Lesley with 18 points. Rimel finished with 9 points, Chatman with 7 points and 6 points each from Porter and Dylan Howard.
The Indians will travel to North Callaway on Friday night and will then start the Bowling Green Tournament next week. (See bracket below).