Packers press KoMets to first defeat
In the game of basketball a lot of things can go wrong, but still give you an opportunity to win the game. For example, someone stepping up from the bench can offset a rough night by a scorer. A poor effort from the free throw line can be overcome by some hot shooting as well.
However, turnovers are something that makes it difficult to come out victorious. The Kasson-Mantorville boys basketball team discovered that first hand last Tuesday when it committed 25 turnovers in a 74-60 loss to Austin.
“We played with great effort, but it’s tough to win when you turn the ball over,” K-M head coach Kelly Raymond explained. “We got some nice games individually, but our poor passing was just too much to overcome.”
The night began beautifully for the KoMets as they raced out to an early 11-2 lead on the strength of Cole Kremers’ hot shooting. The senior guard would finish with 18 points on the evening and a pair of early threes helped K-M keep an early advantage throughout much of the first half.
The Packers would make an adjustment after the slow start and started to trap the KoMets into bad decisions. The turnovers that would ensue gave Austin an opportunity to climb back into the game. K-M would be able to stay with the Packers for the rest of the first half and entered the locker room with a six-point advantage.
As the second half began, the Packers continued to turn up the pressure. Sloppy passing, bad decision-making and poor execution would doom the KoMets as Austin capitalized on every opportunity it was given.
Braxton Raymond would get the KoMets within single digits thanks to a flurry of threes in the second half, but his 28 points weren’t enough. The Packers would dominate the second half by a 48-28 margin and the KoMets dropped their first game of the year.
“Austin played a great second half,” Raymond stated. “We just didn’t have an answer for them. We need to continue to work hard in practice and try to improve each day.”