Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Basketball team ended their regular season in fashion tonight on their home-court defeating Taylor 71-50. The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 run to start the game before Taylor would call timeout. The Indians had control of the entire game leading by as many as 16 in the first half, leading at the halftime break 37-20. Jalen Martin connected on one of five three pointers on the night for him with 5.4 seconds left in the first half. The Indians were led in scoring tonight by three Seniors, Jalen Martin with 17 Thabit Gault with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Jerod May with 13 points. The Indians now turn their attention to 14-4 Heritage for IHSAA Sectional 23 Competition which begins on Tuesday February 27th. The Indians will play at 7:30pm at Norwell High School.
Comments From Players and Coach Evertts
“We haven’t had a Sectional win in over 60 years, thats my main focus one-thousand (points) is just a number Sectional is my main focus” said Jerod May. “The first two games I was a little but these last few games have really helped me get back in shape and back to my old self which is being agressive and being a leader” May added. “I think my shot is starting to comeback and we are really starting to play better as a team, we are working the ball and starting to get open shots and thats working really well right now” said Senior Jalen Martin. “Definitely would be an honor to break the drought of not winning a Sectional Title” Martin stated. “Nothing feels better then winning on our homecourt” Said Thabit Gault. “I feel like when Jerod and I start to really click we will be a very dangerous team, that opens up opportunities for other players” Gault added. “You can sense the calmness on the court when Jerod is on the floor everyone plays at a higher level with him on the court” Gault said. “Their would be no better feeling then winning a Sectional and go down as legends in this school following up with football would awesome for this city and this school” Gault said. “It was a confidence booster tonight” Andrew Evertts added. “Jalen battled a little adversity”, “I didn’t start him at Frankton and he’s came back from that and accepted the challenge he wanted to prove that he deserves to be out their” Evertts stated. “I don’t think anyone understands what this means,” “If we win a Sectional this place would go nuts when I got here four years ago thats what they wanted to do they wanted to be the team to break the Sectional drought” Evertts expressed.