Boys’ basketball wins home tourney

The boys’ basketball team started their season on December 1 against the St. John Tigers. Although they did come up short in score, it was the smallest spread of points against St. John in recent years.

“A key for success for our team will be understanding the value in creating good practice habits that can be applied to game situations,” assistant coach Chris Sanders said.

The boys’ basketball team went undefeated in the T-Bird Classic. The tournament included Skyline, Medicine Lodge, Cunningham and Pretty Prairie.

The teams also competed in a three point shooting competition and a free throw competition. Senior Tyler Tobin competed for the boys in the three point competition and senior Cooper Gates competed in the free throw competition.

Tuesday night the boys played their first game of the tournament against the Medicine Lodge Indians. The T-Birds held a consistent five to 10 point lead throughout the game and won with a score of 49-45.

BoysBballPic“We haven’t been a very good defensive team the past couple years,” head coach Kenny Eddy said. “We get up and down the floor really well but we get into foul trouble.”

Friday night the boys took on Pretty Prairie. The Bulldogs were able to hang with the boys up until halftime, with Skyline leading by four points. During the second half of play the boys managed to sustain a gradual lead until the end of the game, winning with a score of 48-35.

“I think our strongest element is our guard depth,”  Sanders said. “Our posts are very willing to pick up on the adjustments of a different offensive philosophy so I think eventually that will be pretty evident in games.”

Saturday evening the boys dominated the Cunningham Wildcats, winning by over 30 points with a score of 58-12. The boys held a consistent lead of over 20 points through the majority of the game.

“We did alright,” Eddy said. “We accomplished our goal which was to get the win, but in my opinion we let a couple teams hang with us that shouldn’t have.”

The boys played Kinsley Tuesday night in regular season play and won 52-33.The boys will take on Fowler tonight.

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