No matter how good your defense is, it’s tough to win basketball games unless you score.
Lindsay Holy Family can attest to that after struggling offensively in a 44-25 loss to Giltner in the first round of the 2011 Nebraska Boys State Tournament Thursday at Lincoln High School.
Holy Family had upset the #2-rated Hornets 44-33 in last week’s district final, but in a physical, rough-and-tumble contest in Lincoln, the D2 top seed limited the Bulldogs to 6-of-44 shooting from the field. Holy Family scored just 11 points in the initial three quarters and had more fouls (15) than points entering the final stanza.
Giltner also controlled the boards on the strength of muscular 6-foot-4 junior Drew Ott, who nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 rebounds, 10 points and seven blocked shots. Ott helped provide the Hornets momentum in the second period by throwing down a teammate’s missed shot with a resounding slam dunk.
A 5-for-14 performance at the free throw line during the first three periods hampered the Hornets offensively, but Giltner’s harassing defense kept Holy Family from mounting a serious threat.
“They played really tight defense and we didn’t handle it the way we needed to,” said LHF Coach John Wiese. “We got into a little bit of a panic stage and forced things instead of letting the offense come to us.”
The Bulldogs did have an 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter and pulled within 29-19 on a 3-point field goal by Caleb Lindhorst, but Giltner found the range from the line and dropped 11-of-15 foul shots down the stretch to pull away again.
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