Tough second quarter proves costly in Indians’ loss to Bellmont

All streaks come to an end at one point or another.

After a tremendous month in which the Mississinewa Indians won seven straight contests and a Grant Four championship, their winning streak was snapped on Wednesday evening in a 50-39 loss at the hands of the Bellmont Braves.

“We came out [and] we were ready. We had a good gameplan in the first quarter,” Mississinewa Head Coach James Reed said. “They hit some shots early that we weren’t expecting them to hit and then we missed some shots early that we usually hit. We lost a little bit of confidence.”

After falling behind 10-2 early, the Indians came roaring back, trailing just 13-12 at the end of the first period. However, the second quarter proved to be their undoing, as Bellmont outscored Mississinewa 17-4 to grab an advantage they would not relinquish.

“We brought it back and had the momentum at the end of the first quarter, but then again, they hit a couple of shots, and on the road, we just struggled to be consistent and do what we do well,” Reed said. “The second quarter really, really hurt us and got us down, and their guard play was really good. Once they had a five or six point lead, they held the ball on us, made us come out and guard them, and then got it down to their big guys. We just struggled all night coming back.”

The Braves stuck to their same offensive formula throughout the rest of the contest, establishing themselves in the paint and creating several easy scoring opportunities.

“Our gameplan was really good and I think our guys bought into it – its just they were smart,” Reed said. “Once they got a little bit of a lead, they didn’t buy into our quickness. They knew if they just tried to play and continue to build a lead that we would eventually steal the ball and gain some momentum. Our defense really wasn’t bad, but once they extended us and we had to come out and trap, we just struggled to guard their big guys.”

Though it was a tough loss, it’s just one game, and Reed is already looking ahead to the Indians’ next challenge.

“We just need to learn from this game,” Reed said. “We reverted back to some of the things we did the first three games, [and] we’re not very good when we do those things. This is the first game that we felt like our confidence left us a little bit. I don’t think it’s gone for good – we just missed a couple of shots and we were frustrated. Bellmont did a great job. They were ready for us. They just stifled us on the road.”

Anthony Horton led the Indians with 11 points, while Tai McClung scored nine and Landen Swanner eight in the Indians’ loss.

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