Spartans Come Up Short
Slow offense leads to loss
December 22, 2016
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The Monument Boys Basketball team was defeated by the Hampshire Red Raiders on Tuesday night. After entering the fourth quarter trailing by eight points, the Spartans ultimately ended up losing 47-63.
With the loss, the Spartans are now (1-2) on the season. “We struggled with turnovers and to get back on defense,” stated senior captain Joe Aberdale. The Spartans struggled particularly on offense. “We struggled to find the net. We look to average one point per possession and we failed to do that,” added Aberdale.
The Spartans didn’t start the game the way they wanted to. “We didn’t score in the first five minutes, but we were only down by four points at the end of the first quarter,” said Aberdale. After their slow start, the Spartans turned their game around. “We had a couple of key blocks and defensive stops which we converted into points in the second quarter.”
Tuesday night marked the first time this season the Spartans failed to score at least 50 points in a game. Jordan Piepho, a senior, led the team on offense with 14 points. “Jordan rebounded well and his work on the boards is what kept us in the game,” Aberdale said. “He supplied a steady amount of points on offense and the way he played is how we expect him to play every night.” David Riegel, also a senior, added 11 points for the Spartans while Connor Prince put up 10.
The Spartans next game is Thursday, December 22 at home against Hoosac at 7 pm. “Against Hoosac we will have to up our intensity, limit our turnovers and improve our transition defense,” Aberdale stated. The Hurricanes, also (1-2), will be a good match up for the struggling Spartans. “This is a statement game. It’s an opportunity for us to say we are better than we were last year. We are here to play.”