A back in forth affair results in the Braves winning 82-79
by Reid Williams
Haskell squared off with the Ottawa Braves for the second time this year. The first meeting was on November 7th at Ottawa where the Indians where defeated 78-57. The rematch last night November 18th at Coffin Complex wouldn’t be as lopsided.
Haskell got to play in front of their home crowd and that resulted in the men playing with lots of energy. Both teams put forth a lot of effort on the defensive end of the floor and it showed in the amount of turnovers both teams committed. It was a gritty game and neither team would give an inch. The score went back and forth all night. With five seconds left the Indians had their backs against the wall down three points but Zack Bruns hit a clutch three pointer to tie the game at 79 but then the Braves went the length of the floor and made a floater while drawing the foul. Ottawa would make their free throw and grab a 3 point lead with just 0.9 tenths of a second left.
Randy July tried a desperation three at the end hoping to tie but it wouldn’t fall. The Braves escaped with an 82-79 victory. It was another close game for the Indians but once again they came up short. Zack Bruns finished with a team high 28 points in just 24 minutes of playing time. Stand Lovato had another solid performance finishing with 23 points and no turnovers.
In a game that the Indians had a whopping 24 turnovers it’s nice to see that someone valued the possession of the basketball. Haskell plays with lots of effort and at times looks like a really good team, but in the future they need to take care of the basketball. It’s easier said than done but I do believe they can cut the turnovers down and pick up a few wins in their upcoming games. Next up is Bethel College in the McPherson Classic on November 21st.