As the Elsberry boys basketball team closed out their season, they can only hope for good things to happen in post season play.
The teams 12-12 regular season record really doesn’t matter anymore; it is how the team comes out and performs in post season play that matters.
“It’s what every team works toward, the contests in districts,” said Coach Chad Twellman.
To finish out regular season play last week Elsberry took two of their final three games.
To start the week off Elsberry hosted Montgomery County and walked away with a hard fought 58-46 victory.
Each quarter the Indians were able to score a few more points than their opponent to keep the upper hand.
After one quarter 15-11 was the score on the board, and by halftime the Indians had increased their lead to 30-24.
The Wildcats made a game of it in the fourth but Elsberry was able to keep the lead for the victory.
Leading the scoring was senior Garik Hill with 24 points; also in double figures was senior Derrick Taylor with 15 points.
This year road games have not been good to the Elsberry Indians.
The middle of the week game against the Tigers was no exception. The team was without a couple starters which meant younger players had to step up and even though they pushed their way to overtime, the Indians still came up short 52-50.
The Indians were led by senior Trevor Anthony with 17 points.
In the final game of the season against Silex, the Indians cruised to a 55-39 win.
The Indians jumped on the Owls quickly and after the first quarter held a nice 16-4 lead and continued that lead at halftime 29-10.
Everyone on the Elsberry bench saw playing time in the season ending victory and nine players got on the scoreboard.
Leading the charge was Hill with 17 points.
(Results from the District Tournament will be in the Feb. 27 issue of The Elsberry Democrat)