Derby boys hold off late run by Eisenhower
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Derby had a 15-point lead over Eisenhower at the half but the Tigers came out of the locker room with a little more fire than the Panthers; making a run at a comeback. Derby was able to hold Eisenhower off and get the 8-point win, 65-57.
Following the game, Derby head basketball coach Brett Flory said, “We definitely need to be better than we were in the second half but Eisenhower had a lot to do with that.”
Derby senior Blake Chadwick said, “We’ve had trouble all year just finding it in the second half and then we just knew it’s a game of runs. We think, if we can stop their run, we’ll go on one and then we did and ended up with the game.”
“We didn’t guard the ball as well as we needed to whatsoever, they were able to slice through our defense and get to the basket,” said Flory.
Derby junior Jameer Clemons said, “If we get a team sped up the whole time, it’s good for us because they’re playing at our speed and we can just control them the whole time.”
“We kind of had some bumps in the road because we get football players back two weeks less than everybody else,” said Chadwick.
“Our first game, we were pretty bad,” said Flory. “Our second game, we were a little bit better. Against Maize, we were really good. Tonight I thought we played a little bit tired but a win is a win.”
That’s two wins in a row for Derby and the team feels as they get to spend more time together and get more comfortable with one another, they’ll get better every week.
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