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Mid-Prairie Boys' Basketball Jamboree

Demons lack offensive firepower in loss to Keota

By Travis J. Brown | Nov 21, 2012
Photo by: Travis J. Brown Washington senior Justin Hoffman shoots over Keota's Nate Owen (left) and Derek Berg (right) during Tuesday's Mid-Prairie Jamboree.

WELLMAN — Washington head boys’ basketball coach Bryce Smeins said that his team’s performance at Tuesday’s Mid-Prairie Jamboree showed him what his Demons need to work on. Keota defeated Washington 26-11 in two quarters of play.

“It showed us what we’re really bad at,” Smeins said. “We didn’t run the fast break very well. We were in the wrong spots. Defensively, we weren’t lined up right. Offensively, we were in a hurry. We just didn’t play very well, but we’ll learn from that.”

Senior Justin Hoffman’s short jumper put Washington ahead 3-2 early in the exhibition, but Keota answered with a 13-1 run to take control.

“We’ve got to be mentally ready to play,” Smeins said. “We were half speed from the start, and we never recovered from that. We want to play an uptempo style, so we have to get after it. We have to be ready to go mentally every time we come out of the locker room.”

Junior Garrett Covington hit a turnaround jumper and sophomore Daryn Sebelius nailed a 3-pointer as Washington trimmed Keota’s lead to 15-9 midway through the second quarter, but the Demons didn’t have the offensive firepower to get any closer. For the second year in a row, Washington scored just 11 points at the Mid-Prairie Jamboree.

“I don’t know if our preparation for the jamboree isn’t very good, or if we don’t take it very seriously, but we haven’t played well over there for a while,” Smeins said.

Covington, Sebelius and junior Alex Coker scored three points apiece for the Demons. Hoffman chipped in two points.

“All of our scoring graduated from last year,” Smeins said. “We’ll have very balanced scoring this year.”

Junior Luke Lyle scored 11 points to lead Keota, which finished 23-1 last season but lost its all-time career leader in scoring to graduation. Junior Kolton Greiner and sophomore Nate Owen added five points apiece, and Owen had seven rebounds. Junior Kyle Eakins chipped in four points, and junior Derek Berg had two.

The Eagles out-rebounded Washington 21-18 and got 13 more shots from the field.

“Keota got every loose ball,” Smeins said. “They were just more active than we were, and I think that led to them getting more shots.”

Smeins said his team will have to be sharper when it opens the season next Tuesday at Mid-Prairie.

“We played a lot better on Saturday night in that Hall of Pride game,” he said. “We didn’t play with enough intensity and we didn’t do the things we did on Saturday night on Tuesday night. It was kind of a step backward a little bit. It just shows that if we’re not sharp and ready to go, it could be a tough night.”

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 21, 2012 19:50

Over the final 20 minutes, he hit 32 of 58 shots from the field, with 18 three-pointers. “It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” Taylor said.

By then, everybody — and we do mean everybody — was noticing. “That’s crazy, man,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers said (via the AP). “I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane.”

Bryant thought it might have something to do with Taylor’s shoes because, of course, he sells shoes.

“He must have been wearing the Mambas, man,” theorized Bryant, who once dropped 81 in an NBA game and has a nodding acquaintance with the verb “chuck.” “Only Mambas have no conscience to shoot the ball that much.”

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 21, 2012 19:42

Jack Taylor Grinnell College ’15 scored 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College on November 20, breaking the former NCAA single-game scoring record set by Clarence Francis in 1954.

Read the full story: http://www.grinnell.edu/news/features/taylor-smashes-record or watch the ESPN Highlight Video.

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