El Dorado Springs Bulldogs lose to Knob Noster

Posted December 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

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INTO THE FRAY – JV Bulldog Lance Molz fought hard for a rebound in their game against the Knob Noster Panthers at home Friday night.

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PANTHER TRIES TO POUNCE – In the Bulldog Varsity game against Knob Noster Friday night, a Panther tried to steal the ball from Richard Lyness. The Bulldogs lost 37 to 67.

by Head Coach Ryan Waters

The El Dorado Springs varsity boys basketball team fell to Knob Noster at home Friday night 67 to 37.

ElDo started the game off playing decent defense and held Knob to 13 in the first quarter. Knob had six of their 13 points in the 1st quarter, from shots 5-10 feet beyond the 3 point line.

“I told the boys that we just have to tip our hats to them when they are making shots like that.”

ElDo’s defense is focused on making opponents shoot shots outside of the paint, and they did a good job of contesting the shooter and stopping penetration to the basket early in the game.

“We ran our offenses well and got some great early looks at the basket. However, the shots for us just weren’t falling. You have to credit Knob Noster’s defense as well. They are a very long, athletic and quick group of boys who created a bunch of match-up problem for us.”

After the 1st quarter, Knob began to slowly pull away and really never looked back. They had balanced scoring with three guys in double digits, but eight guys contributing offensively. Brett Marsh, number 21, lead Knob Noster with 15 points.

We had one guy in double digits, Richard Lyness, with 11, and only four other guys contributing to our efforts offensively.

The story again for us, really is our turnover ratio. We had 26 turnovers, and Knob only had 8. That is a +18 turnover margin. Knob had 16 steals and we had 10 unforced turnovers to round out the 26 on the game. We managed to match them in rebounding at 15, only put up 30 attempts at the basket to their 63. It didn’t help that Knob shot 63% from two point range and 33% behind the arc.

Right now we have to slow things down and make better decisions. I see flashes of a team that can be really competitive with the best teams in the area, but right now flashes of greatness don’t win ball games. We have to find a way to put four quarters together and take the game one possession at a time.