By Sam Jack
The Eisenhower Tigers boys basketball team lost a high-scoring battle at Hutchinson on Friday, 74-54.
Tigers head coach Steve Blue was home sick, so assistant coaches Bret Persinger, Lance Francis and Clayton Stuart led the team from the sideline. Blue, however, watched the game via internet stream and shared some thoughts afterward.
“What I saw was, we shot the ball really well and passed it really well. We were able to get some really good shots, offensive-wise. Defensive-wise, the effort just wasn’t there that we had given earlier in the season,” Blue said. “If we give up 74 points, it’s going to be hard for us to win a game. Our defense needs to continue to improve and get back to doing things on the defensive end.”
The Tigers run a man-to-man defense and found themselves beaten to the ball too frequently, Blue said, allowing Hutchinson to run offensive plays without disruption and denying the Tigers opportunities to turn defense into offense.
Hutchinson outscored Eisenhower in each quarter, including 22-11 in the final frame to swell the margin of loss to 20 points.
Blue praised senior Jason McCarty, who took seven shots from three-point range and made five of them to score 15 points. Trey Omli took two charges and played well in the second half, Blue said.
The Tigers hosted Andover Central on Tuesday. On Friday, the Tigers will host Campus, and next Tuesday they visit Salina Central.
Eisenhower: Jason McCarty 15, Owen Rush 9, Cade Friend 9, Caleb Conyers 8, Trey Omli 7, Carson Roy 6.