SPENCER – The ability to adjust to a defensive set is among the key aspects of championship basketball, and Boyd County showed that ability and then some on Saturday.
The Spartans hit six three-pointers in the first half of their 69-50 win over Wausa Saturday. But when the Vikings started closing out on those shots in the second half, Boyd County needed to change their strategy.
“The three-pointer worked in the first half,” said Justin Drueke, who led all scorers with 19 points. “Wausa knows we can shoot, so they tried to make us go inside. They’re athletic and can make plays.”
Coach Jim Carlson said the adjustments weren’t limited to offense.
“We switched to some 2-2-1 full court press,” said Carlson. “It was more a bothersome press to wear them down a little bit. We have some depth, which helped us.”
Drueke said the defense is especially important this year, as Boyd County tries to replace the 25 points per game that Caleb Rihanek contributed last year.