December 24, 2013

Short handed Braves no match for the Lakers

By Jerry W. Kram

The Parshall Braves knew they were in for a battle when the ninth ranked Lakers of Des Lacs-Burlington came to town.

The Braves gave their best, and were just the second team to score more than 60 points against the Lakers. However, the Lakers had the experience edge on the Braves with seven seniors on the team plus a height advantage with eight players over six feet tall. Combined with the Lakers speed on the fast breaks, the overmatched Braves lost 94-68.

"Every team is going to out size us," said Braves Coach Dusty Olson. "We have one guy 6’4" and another who is six foot. What we have is a stingy defense. We pride ourselves on our defense. But we got into foul trouble and it is hard to contain a team like that when you have to relax on defense. We don’t like to do that, but when one player has four fouls and another has three, you have to ease up."

The Braves were playing shorthanded. One of last year’s standout players, Myles Odermann, is out with an injury suffered during the football season. Sophomore Dean Foote has is out for six weeks with a training violation.


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