Boys Basketball loses tough back-and-forth match at Tri County

Boys Basketball lost 49-54 at Tri County in a game that saw seven lead changes on Thursday, January 3.

The score remained close throughout the game with the Trojans maintaining a slim lead (28-26) going into halftime. The Jeffs’ 9 three-pointers did not prove to be enough to pull out a win. The Trojans’ own 8 three-pointers did not come as a surprise to the Jeffs.

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Chance Amundson ’20 lays it up for a potential basket. Amundson accounted for 14 points on Thursday. Photo contributed by Fairbury Journal News

“We knew they [Tri County] had three good shooters and ran a lot of dribble handoffs,” Head Boys Basketball Coach Travis Steinhoff said. “While we did give up quite a few threes, we defended them as well as any has all year with man-to-man defense.”

The Jeffs are 1-5 in their last six games with Thursday’s loss contributing to an overall record of 4-7. The team looks to pull out of this mid season slump in time for three games in the coming week. Isaac Robertson ’19 has a few improvements that he wants to see out of his team.

“I think we need to work on being more relaxed on the floor,” Robertson said. “There are some times where we seem afraid to shoot or to make another pass. I think we have to have confidence in each other to be able to make those decisions and trust each other

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Dalton Petersen ’20 competes with Tri County players to gain control of the ball. 9 three-pointers from three players on Petersen’s team (Isaac Robertson ’19 – 4, Chance Amundson ’20 – 3, Bret Cole ’20 – 1) were responsible for over a third of Fairbury’s scoring. Photo contributed by Fairbury Journal News

more to make those plays.”

The Jeffs are back in action when they take on Wilber-Clatonia at home on Tuesday, January 8.