Updated Wed, Dec 4, 2013 2:06 pm
The Spartans came out on top tonight against the previously undefeated River Valley Raiders, by a score of 60-36.
With two wins now under their belt, the Alexander boys team is looking to add to their winning record. Coming off of a win, it was important to head coach Jim Kearns for the team to keep their momentum.
“We were looking to pressure the ball early and try and get after it and get the tempo the way we like it,” said Kearns. “We like to play an up-tempo game, not every game, but with this opponent we really wanted the tempo in our favor.”
In the first half of the game, the Spartans finished with 30 points, compared to the Raiders’ 17. Leading with 9 points in the first half was Jordan Moseley. Mason Chapman and Chris Wingett both finished the half with 6.
The Spartans’ defensive pressure was pivotal to maintaining the lead consistently throughout the game. The Spartans lead by at least 10 points the entire game.
The Raiders struggled getting shots off, and having 13 turnovers in the first half alone, it seemed nearly impossible. Leading in steals were Kyle Howard with five, and Chris Wingett with four.
The Raiders’ 23 total turnovers severely hurt them offensively. They had a very difficult time keeping up with Alexander’s great shooting. The Spartans were 7-for-10 behind the 3-point line. This was crucial in ensuring their protection of the lead throughout the game.
Jordan Moseley, the “quarterback on the floor,” finished with a game-high 16 points. Kearns described him as being a very “opportunistic” scorer. Behind Moseley was Chapman with 15 points and Kyle Howard with 8.
Looking ahead, Kearns says the focus will be on what they struggled with in tonight’s game.
“We have to look at the film,” said Kearns. “We had some issues with our zone offense.”
The Spartans will take on the Vinton County Vikings (0-2) on Friday. Controlling the tempo of the game, consistent shooting, and decisive leadership on the floor are elements of Alexander’s game that will help them continue to add to their winning record.