GREENSBURG — The South Decatur boys basketball team has struggled to find ways to win this season.
Although playing competitively in several games, the Cougars have allowed mistakes to cause wins to slip away from them. On Tuesday night, South Decatur was able to stay on its game plan and end its 11-game losing streak with a 70-59 victory against Medora.
“One of our focuses before the game was to get live-ball stops and convert those into points,” South Decatur coach Jordan Stevens said. “I thought our guys did a phenomenal job tonight. We forced 20 turnovers tonight, and we converted a good number of those into baskets.”
Defense and transition were keys to the Cougars’ victory. South Decatur (4-15) forced Medora to make mistakes, and then transitioned quickly back to offense to find the score.
“I think we did a good job with the transition tonight,” said South Decatur senior Devin Taylor, who had 11 points. “We’ve struggled with that for several games now. We controlled and pushed the tempo tonight which has been something we’ve worked on.”
One of South Decatur’s struggles this season has been controlling the tempo of games. The Cougars aim to play a quick-paced game, but are often forced into playing their opponents’ style of game. Pushing the ball up the court quickly is always a goal for South Decatur, and it was successful in maintaining a quick tempo against Medora (8-11).
“When I get a defensive rebound, coach wants me to push and see the floor,” said senior Taylor Kopplin who led the Cougars with 15 points. “I think I did a better job tonight, and the team got up the floor quicker.”
Medora seemed to be on the path to coming back early in the fourth quarter. The Hornets cut into South Decatur’s lead until Medora senior Roy Edwards fouled out three minutes into the final period. The 6-foot-5 Edwards is a key component to the Medora offense, and the Cougars were able to hold him to only six points.
“Initially we wanted to go big on big with Devin (Taylor) on Roy Edwards,” Stevens said. “In our opinion, Devin’s one of the best big men around. Once Devin started posting on him and attacking, he drew fouls and converting in the paint.
“Our guys did a great job tonight,” he said. “We came in with a game plan and goals, and we achieved those. Hopefully, we can carry this on into our next game.”