With a disheartening 74-71 loss in the first round to tournament host Lone Grove, Comanche boys basketball (9-2) rebounded to capture a 75-48 consolation final win against Walters.
Indian coach Nick Price said the players put together the best effort they had all year in the blowout. Walters has caused problems for other teams with their exceptional three-point shooting. However, Price came in with a gameplan, and it worked.
“We really talked about covering their threes and making sure they didn’t get any open looks,” Price said. “Our length made them shoot over the top of us, which they weren’t comfortable with.”
Speaking of that length, six-foot 10-inch senior Jacob Hammond had a great end to the tournament. He finished with 46 points in his last two games.
Hammond was joined by sophomore Braden Ledford, who also went on a scoring binge. Ledford had 37 in the two games and provided a constant outside threat to scare opponents away from focusing on Hammond.
In the consolation final win versus Walters, the Indians didn’t need any lone standouts. Four players, Hammond, Ledford, sophomore Mason Taylor and senior Cody Crow, scored eight or more points.
This Tuesday, they will need that kind of performance again. They will travel back to Lone Grove hoping for a revenge win.
“Our kids are real excited to get a shot at a team that has given you one of your two losses on the year,” Price said. “We just played in the gym three times. So hopefully, we’re comfortable playing in it. It’s a good opportunity for us to get a good win.”
The girls basketball team had a disappointed end to its tournament. The Indians started off by beating rival Marlow 47-43, but were defeated by Washington and Lone Grove.
Coach Sean Hushbeck said it was the second-round game that killed Comanche as the physical toll of going up against the Warriors drained the teams energy Saturday game.