On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Winfield boys basketball team beat Louisiana for the second time this season at Bowling Green, in the Bowling Green Tournament.

The final score was 67-49.

The Winfield top scorer on the night was Bryant Reeves, who put up 17 points.

“Bryant has the ability to score and have big games, but each game kind of dictates our scoring. We try to utilize any advantages we can and with our quality depth, the scoring could literally come from anyone. [The game against Louisiana] was Bryant’s night and he stepped up and made big plays for us especially in the second half,” Winfield coach Bryan Keim said.

This was the second meeting between the teams this season, which can often be a difficult mental battle to face. But Keim also gave credit to the Louisiana team for the heart they showed in the game.

“We have to give Louisiana a lot of credit. They played us extremely physical and made it difficult for us at times. They turned us over and got run-outs, which kept them in the game as it was only a three-point halftime lead,” Keim said. 

He added that this won’t be the last time the two teams meet this season, with a third showdown planned for Feb. 6 at Louisiana.

“The worst part is that we have to go to their place in a couple of weeks and play them for the third time. That’ll be a dogfight for sure,” Keim said.

Also coming up for the Warriors is a second game against St. Charles West, who Winfield beat in dramatic fashion in overtime a few weeks ago.

When the time comes for his team to take the court against SCW for the second time this season, Keim said that his players will be fully aware of the importance of the game.

“The SCW game isn’t until next Tuesday, so we’ll worry about them after this week in the BG tournament. When the time comes though, there won’t be much I’ll have to tell the guys, as they’ll know the importance of that game. It’s going to be our Senior Night so it’ll be a special night to begin with. We can’t wait to play Bowling Green on Thursday, as that’s more than just a tournament game for us. It’s a district team that we’ll be battling for a higher seed with, so that’s our main focus at this point,” Keim said.