It was over as soon as it started.
Saturday at the McKenzie 1A Hoops Classic it was Crosshill Christian hitting six threes in the opening quarter of play and racing out to a 29-5 lead against Elkton as they went on to win 72-38.
“We can’t play at that pace. We can’t practice at that pace. And difficulty handling the basketball and controlling our emotions a little bit as far as being able to handle the intensity of the situation. So that was that,” said Elkton head coach Gary Trout.
The Eagles (9-2) swarmed the Elks (3-8) as their defensive press led to open looks from around the court.
“We’ve got some good shooters from outside and today we’re knocking it down. We were really doing a good job at inside outside,” said Crosshill Christian head coach Brian Spaulding. “We talked about pregame of looking inside, getting our guards to space and kicking it back out. I thought we did that tremendously in the first quarter.”
Four Crosshill Christian players finished in double figures with Carter Knox, who hit five threes in the game, and Tyler Hess each with 17 on the day. Bryce Tirrill and Kyler Vanderhoof had 15 and 10 points respectively.
With some of Crosshill Christian’s starters on the bench and their press called off, the Elks began to execute their half-court offense in the second quarter as they were outscored 12-10.
“He pulled some kids but I was pleased with how we responded. We didn’t fold, we didn’t – we kept battling and trying to do our stuff and play within ourselves and for the most part I was pretty pleased with that,” said Trout.
Austin Luzier led the Elks in scoring with 15 points on the game. Spencer Moore scored seven points.
To start the McKenzie Hoops Classic on Thursday, Elkton defeated McKenzie (1-8) 66-50. Mason Cox had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Luzier added 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Moore had 14 points.
On Saturday the team lost to Hosanna Christian (6-2) 77-44. Trystn Woody had 15 points while Jadyn Woody had nine. Luzier added nine assists and eight rebounds.
“We need to get better. We knew that. We’re playing tough teams, Crosshill is a potential Baker team and Hosanna is as well,” said Trout. “So we’re playing good teams and if we can learn from that experience and get ourselves better. Because if we’re not playing tough teams we’re not figuring that out.”
Elkton will begin their league season Friday at home against Yoncalla.
“It’s still just about us. I mean, we’ve seen flashes from our players that yeah, we’re a pretty decent basketball team just obviously, not enough. So just try to put ourselves together and at this point, I’m not as concerned about opponents as I am about us,” said Trout on the prospect on the start of league play. “And just making sure we keep getting better and we’ll see where we end up. That’s about all we can do.”