The Medora boys basketball team caught a case of the post-Christmas blues by dropping both of their games during play at the Johnson Memorial Hospital/Sports Plus Holiday Classic on Monday at Edinburgh High School.
Following a 59-54 loss to Indianapolis Lutheran in the morning, the Hornets fell 56-45 to Jac-Cen-Del
in the afternoon.
Against Jac-Cen-Del, the Hornets contested the Eagles for the first three-and-a-half quarters.
The Eagles jumped to an early
8-3 lead before Hornets junior Kam Flynn narrowed the deficit to one possession by converting a one-
A 3-pointer by the Hornets’ Chase Booker put the game at 10-9 with 2:35 remaining, but the Eagles led 17-13 after eight minutes of play.
The Hornets trailed most of the second quarter, but finished on a
11-4 run in the last 2:21 to tie the game at 28 at halftime.
Flynn hit an NBA-range 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game for the Hornets.
While the game stayed close for most of the third quarter, the Eagles finished the last three minutes on a 10-2 run to amass a 44-36 lead.
The Hornets failed to find much offense in the fourth quarter, and committed six fouls, as the Eagles soared to their fifth win.
“We played a really good first half. But we need to do a better job of closing out games,” coach Michael Leitzman said. “Pretty much until the last two minutes in the third quarter, we held our own when it was tied. They went on a 8-0 run at the end of the third, and it was a back-breaker.”
In the second half, the Hornets combined for
“When we struggle on offense, it usually comes down to we’re not moving the ball or we stop setting good screens,” Leitzman said. “Late in the third quarter, I don’t know if we were tired or just not mentally tough enough to stop that run they made. Our shot selection was very poor in the fourth quarter.”
Six-foot-eight Eagles junior Evan Borgman played his size to the team’s advantage through scoring 31 points against the Hornets. The tallest player on the Hornets is six-foot-four forward Austin Fish.
“From the two games I had (Jac-Cen-Del), they were really balanced scoring,” Leitzman said. “Tonight, (Borgman) was more aggressive and had a really good game. I thought, as the game went on, that we did a better job of guarding him — but he was already in a rhythm. It’s really hard to stop someone when they’re in a rhythm.”
Leitzman felt his team didn’t play up to the level their capable of in the first day of the tournament.
“At times, offensively and defensively, I thought we looked pretty good,” Leitzman. “But, overall, as a team (myself included), I think we took a step back as a team. I thought last weekend we played our best basketball. But there were positives here and there we can build on for the future.”
Flynn finished with 17 points to lead the Hornets, while Fish battled on the boards with seven rebounds.
Against the Saints earlier in the day, the Hornets were able to keep it a close game through the first three quarters of play.
Leading 33-32 headed into the final quarter, the Saints exploded for 26 points while holding the Hornets to 12 points to seal the victory.
Flynn led the Hornets with 11 points and four rebounds on the morning.
The Saints utilized their bench with 11 different players scoring.
“Both these games today, we were in it but couldn’t get a big basket,” Leitzman said. “They were getting runs and getting away from us.”