Careless turnovers and inefficient play on both ends of the court doomed the Riley County boys early, as they fell to Rock Creek, 60-27.
Mustangs’ head coach Jim Johnston said his team committed itself to improvement over winter break after early struggles.
“I thought defensively we played really well,” Johnston said. “We worked really hard on our defense over Christmas, because that’s what cost us a couple of games early in the year because we weren’t doing the little things right.”
The Falcons (1-5, 0-2) struggled at times to get the ball past half court, let alone getting set up on the offensive end. Rock Creek’s (4-2, 2-1) defensive pressure was so thick that Riley County did not score its first of two buckets until the three-minute mark.
Shots started to fall in the second quarter, but the hole was already too deep. By the third quarter, Rock Creek had already put its bench players into the game.
“Rock Creek deserves a lot of credit,” Riley County head coach Dave Bisnette said. “Their coaching staff is quality human beings from top to bottom. It could have been a lot worse. It wasn’t as close as even the score indicated.”
The lackadaisical play has been a carry-over from practice, Bisnette said.
“Frankly, we played pretty much the way we practiced over the whole break,” Bisnette said. “That part of it is just disappointing. There is no way in my mind that we shouldn’t be a better basketball team, but we have so many things that are getting in the way that it’s difficult.”
Rock Creek juniors Carson Zenger and Martin Vogts led all scorers with 16 points each.
The Falcons had one player in double-figures in junior Cole Uphoff (10).