DANVILLE — The Danville Blue Devils boy’s basketball team lost a game to a very dominant playing Coshocton Redskins, 47-38.
The Blue Devils kept it close throughout the game, trailing just 14-11 after one quarter, and 30-23 after two.
The third quarter turned into a defensive struggle as neither team could get the ball in the basket. The Redskins scored just six points, but added to their lead as Danville only had five.
“I think our effort was a lot better than it was for the first game that we played,” said Danville Coach Matt Moore. “I think that we are starting to figure out how to play varsity basketball. We’re very young and very inexperienced. We need to continue to grow, mature, and figure out how to play for four quarters. I think we did a pretty good job of that tonight.
“There were a few plays that we needed to correct and a few errors that we needed to correct. I thought there were a few careless turnovers in crucial possessions that we really needed to fix. Overall, though, I thought that our effort was much better.”
The Redskins were able to keep the lead in hand throughout the fourth, outscoring the Devils 11-10.
Despite the loss, Moore was pleased with the growth his team has shown through just two games.
“We’re continuing to get better. We need to continue to grow every single game, every single practice, and work on those little things and improve defensively and taking care of the ball offensively. We just need to not make careless turnovers,” he said.
The main contributors to the game for the Blue Devils were Hunter Elliott with 14 points and Cam Miller with 12 points. Darren Mickley added five.
The Devils’ top two players could not quite match the top scoring of Redskin Tyren Walker who scored 18 points and who had a score of other players who were able to back him up in ways that the Danville boy’s could not back up their highest scorers.
Danville returns to Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference action Friday, traveling to Mount Gilead.