The Grinnell JV boys team had several solid individual and team efforts in a quality game at Norwalk to establish a 6 point lead after 3 quarters 37-31.
The fourth quarter saw the Tigers revert to some habits that allowed Norwalk to eventually take the lead and then control over the final 2 minutes.
“I thought we had several players play quality half court defense, rebound stronger, make the right passes, take correct makable shots,” said Coach Baker. “Then we had missed blocked outs on their 3pt shots, try for steals that leads to pressure on teammates covering up and some soft turnovers deep in the offensive end. The opportunity was there multiple times in the 4th qtr to make winning plays and we struggle with that as individual players.”
The first half saw Grinnell match or extend a lead from inside and out on offense. Nick Brennecke, Brady Steward, Dylan McIlrath and Jackson Horras all had layups and McIlrath drained 3 3ptrs. Joseph McCombs knocked down 2 more 3’s and Calvin Jaworksi drained a long ball also.
Sully Herbers had a 3ptr in the second half and Cole Johnson’s strong board work at both ends were critical to the Tiger effort.
The Tigers were 5-10 at the FT line, while the Warriors shot at a 10-15 clip. “We have yet to understand the value of getting fouled and knocking down FT’s. They are ‘free points’ if you practice, allow you to set up your defense, develops a strong attack mentality and give players a chance to understand what to prepare for on the next possession.”
The JV will play Thursday at Indianola and Friday home v. Pella.
Dylan McIlrath 15
Brady Steward 7
Joseph McCombs 6
Calvin Jaworski 6
Sully Herbers 3
Jackson Horras 3
Nick Brennecke 2
Cole Johnson 2