On a six-game win streak, and coming off their most efficient performance of the season against Indianapolis Arsenal Tech, the Marion Giants put together of their worst performances of the 2019-2020 campaign last Tuesday evening, falling to a young Anderson Indians’ squad by a score of 61-56 in overtime.
With the loss, Marion’s record in conference play dropped to 2-2.
Head Coach Lawrence Jordan did not mince words about his team’s performance.
“There were way too many mistakes – way too many mistakes,” Jordan said. “We had unforced turnovers that put us behind the eight ball. And then, [we were] missing and not finishing around the basket. We handed them the game. The game should have been over before it got to overtime. We missed two or three layups in the last minute and a half. There were just too many mistakes. It was awful.
“You can’t beat yourself or give other teams extra possessions to beat you. That’s exactly what happened tonight. [There were] too many dry possessions down the stretch, too many passes to Ra’Shaya’s feet – too many mistakes.”
With time winding down in regulation, the Giants missed two layups that would have them won the game. In overtime, trailing by one, the Giants missed another layup, and the Indians capitalized, taking a lead they would not relinquish and securing a huge upset victory.
“When you should beat a team, and you don’t beat them, that leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Jordan said. “That’s the taste I’ve got right now. It’s just frustrating.”
Ra’Shaya Kyle led the Giants with 34 points.
“It’s back to the drawing board tomorrow for some more conditioning, and we will be doing passing drills and passing out of traps,” Jordan said. “We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. We have to go back to the drawing board and do a whole bunch of things better.”