When you have a young basketball team short on experience, you expect growing pains.
In the case of Boone Central’s callow boys squad, one thing Cardinal Coach Dan Zoucha doesn’t worry about is effort.
The Cardinals again displayed hustle and heart during the second week of the 2010-11 season, but could muster just 66 total points in tough losses to Central City and Pierce.
“We are proud of the kids’ efforts,” Zoucha praised. “They are showing signs of good things to come.”
Boone Central gave a tremendous defensive performance at Central City Thursday, Dec. 9, and put itself in position to capture a road victory, only to turn the ‘W’ over to the host Bison down the stretch.
Central City outscored the Cards 15-6 in the final quarter – 10 points the result of BC turnovers.
“This was a good defensive effort by our team. Unfortunately, we were not able to overcome the costly turnovers in the 4th quarter,” Zoucha said. “We turned the ball over 11 times in the last quarter.
“There are still many positives that come out of games like this and those are the things we keep using to mature as a team.”
Brett Temme led BC with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Trey Sorell added 10 points and made 4 steals and Keenan Howell dished out 3 assists in the contest.
The Cardinals stayed with Mid-State rival Pierce Friday with another dogged defensive effort, but dropped a 47-34 decision as just 28 percent of their shots found the net.
“We felt if we could take care of the ball, we would be right in the game,” Zoucha commented. “We did just that, turning the ball over only 9 times and forcing Pierce into 14.
“However, we committed too many fouls and sent them to the line 38 times. We also could not overcome a cold shooting night. We felt all of our shots were pretty good – they just did not fall.”
Freshman Derek Gentrup led the Cards with 12 points. Another frosh, Tyler Hedlund, scored 6, as did Temme. Temme again grabbed 11 rebounds and Sorell had 3 steals and 2 assists.
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