It wasn’t always pretty, but for the Elkton boys basketball team, their sloppy play was good enough for a 49-38 victory over winless Crow on Thursday at the McKenzie 1A Hoops Classic. After dropping their first six games of the season, the Elks have now won three in a row.
“We kind of slugged our way through it but that’s what we’re going to have to do,” said Elkton head coach Gary Trout.
Facing a Crow team that had six players suited up, the Elks struggled early to find the bottom of the net. As the team went down early, Trout yelled to his team to focus on their defense because that, he explained, is how they were going to get back into the game.
Elkton then closed the first half on a hard-earned 9-0 run that stemmed from turnovers and shots at the rim.
“That’s our defense and that’s how we’re going to have to score. You saw us, early on we missed a bunch of shots and you know, that’s typical for when you had a break like that,” said Trout referencing the team’s time off for Christmas. “We had to get some easy looks in our fast break looks and that’s why we can puts spurts on.”
In the second half the Elks leaned on leading scorer Brad Doudna who finished the game with 19 points. Austin Luzier added 12 points for the team.
The lead ballooned to 10 points in the fourth quarter but a Cougar 8-2 run in the closing minutes of the fourth cut the lead to four points. After a made free throw and Luzier made a three pointer, the Elks earned a victory.
“I don’t know how many offensive rebounds they had but they had a bunch in the second half. And you know, that’s just fundamental execution that we’re struggling with right now,” said Trout.