When the Van-Far varsity boys' basketball team hits the court for the Bowling Green Invitational Jan. 23-28, the rest of the field could be in trouble based on recent results.
One reason for that is the Indians 73-46 win at South Shelby on Jan. 10 that featured double-digit scoring performances by Lathyn McMorris, Trey Miller, Josh Hodde and Caden Wilburn. Because the squad also got solid showings on the boards by Brayden Christian, as well as additional support from Daylan Chandler and Treyson Culwell, this is one recipe for success the team would like to repeat.
"Thiswas a big road test for us. Playing our fourth game in six days we were a little concerned of having tired legs," said coach Pat Connaway. "We really wanted to get out to a fast start and dictate the tempo of the game. Last year they came to our place and really slowed us down and we wanted to make sure it didn't happen this time."
One reason this game plan came together as well as it did is because Van-Far went 26-for-49 from the field. The Indians did only make 3-of-12 three-pointers and 18-of-28 free throws, though, leaving them with things to work on before they take the court at the Bowling Green Invitational.
"It was the second straight night that we have played really well and the entire team played together and really shared the ball. It was a total team victory," Connaway said. "Anytime you have four kids in double figures and 1 kid a field goal away it's a good night. We also had Trey and Brayden both pull down double figure rebounds."
Another factor that worked in Van-Far's favor is that it scored 44 points in the paint while allowing just. The Indians also won the rebounding battle 40-38 and got 21 points off of turnovers compared to 11 for South Shelby.
"Treyson, Parker and Colten all played well coming off the bench logging significant minutes. Treyson is getting healthy and is getting his conditioning up to game speed," said Connaway. "He has come off the bench to spell Brayden and Trey the last few games and has been really active, pulling 13 boards in the last two games. He's giving us a nice post rotation and he will continue to get better and better the more minutes he logs."