By William

HUTCHINSON – It was a tough way to lose on Friday for the Inman boys basketball team as they faltered in the second half and lost in overtime on the road at Hutchinson Trinity, 46-43.

The Teutons jumped out early and grabbed a five-point, 14-9 lead by the end of the first quarter before pushing their outscoring Trinity by 10 in the second quarter to take a seemingly commanding 15-point, 29-14 advantage into the halftime break.

Unfortunately for the Teutons, the offense went bitter cold in the final two quarters, scoring just three points in the third and only four in the fourth to give Trinity the opportunity to power back into the game and tie it at the end of regulation at 36-36 thanks to two clutch free throws by the Teutons Kendon Blank. In overtime, Trinity managed to outscore Inman by three to take the final three-point overtime victory over Inman.

“Lost a tough one tonight,” noted Teuton Head Coach Brett Froese. “We were up 29-14 at the half after we just played great on both ends of the floor. In the third quarter we went cold and they started making shots. We fought so hard and then to lose at the buzzer when Jace (Doerksen) had a three-pointer that was in and out, and that was the ball game.”

Jace Doerksen led the Teutons with 12 points while both Mason Carter and Kyler Konrade scored eight and Derick Johnson chipped in with seven to make the scoring a team effort offense. The Teutons did connect on five three-pointers for the game, including two early by Konrade to help build the early game lead.

Coach Froese continued his post-game reflections by adding, “Trinity is just super solid, and they really pressured us in the second half which was fine, but we just couldn’t convert on some plays. They slowly chipped away at us and the game got tight. I thought we really guarded their big scorer Hammeke really well and held him to just nine but then Philip Manga is super quick and he’s hard to keep in front of you which caused us problems at times.”

Looking at the game how it affects the team, Coach Froes concluded his reflections by saying, “Once again it was just a great game for my guys to play in. We will learn and continue to get better from here. We just can’t go long stretches without scoring and some of that is on me to put us in better situations to be able to do that.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE INMAN TEUTONS? With the loss the Teutons fall to 11-5 for the season as they prep for a return to the home court on Tuesday when they will play host to Sterling.

INMAN TEUTONS at Hutchinson Trinity

SCORING         1          2          3          4          OT       FINAL

TEUTONS         14        15        3          4          7          = 43

Trinity              9          5          13        9          10        = 46

INMAN TEUTONS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (43 total points): Jace Doerksen – 12; Mason Carter – 8; Kyler Konrade – 8; Derick Johnson – 7; Kendon Blank – 5; Kolby Blank – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Kyler Konrade – 2; Jace Doerksen, Derick Johnson, Kendon Blank – 1.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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