Playing against a winless Taylor Titans’ team on Saturday evening, the Mississinewa Indians did not suffer any sort of letdown, dominating from start to finish in a 97-55 victory.
“Tonight’s focus was on, no matter what happened tonight, playing at our level,” Mississinewa Head Coach James Reed said. “We started off the game a little bit slow…and then Landen hit a couple of shots, and we got into the flow. We had a little bit of trouble playing at our speed at first, but then when we started to get into the flow, we took off.”
Sometimes in games against weaker opponents, there is a propensity for playing down to the competition, but the Indians played their game, and played it at a high level, from start to finish.
“I felt like we played our basketball,” Reed said. “I felt like for what we had tonight, I thought we did put it together for four quarters. Everybody stayed focused. We got better tonight. I was really proud of the guys tonight. This is kind of a trap game. It’s a tough game for them to play in. I was proud of them.”
Swanner finished with an incredible 33 points, while Colin Yoder finished with 17 and Anthony collected 16.
The Indians face their biggest test of the season this coming Friday night as they host Luke Brown and the Blackford Bruins.
“We definitely respect them. That is not a game we are going to overlook – our guys are going to be ready for that game,” Reed said. “We are really good offensively, but defense is where our control is. I want us to control the game by our defensive effort. We want to frustrate Blackford. We want to play great defense, eliminate opportunities for the role players, and do our best on Brown. There is a lot of game planning that has to go into this game.”