The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has been in a bit of a tailspin the past couple weeks, having lost three straight heading into the 38th Annual Governor’s Challenge, which is the largest holiday basketball tournament in the United States.
This year, the Indians were one of 120 teams from all across the country participating in the four-day affair, which takes place at five different locations in Maryland. On average, 12,000 people are in attendance for the games each year.
The Indians squared off with Snow Hill (Md.) Academy in their opener on Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. IR battled through the first two quarters, but found themselves on the short end of a 35-29 score at the halftime break.
Snow Hill increased their lead to 59-45 after the third, and finished off the Indians in the fourth to win the game, 80-53. Snow Hill advanced into the Bracket 2 final to face the winner of Patterson Mill and Walkersville. The Indians were set to face the loser of the Patterson Mill/Walkersville contest on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 27.
IR falls to Spartans
Heading into the Christmas break, on Dec. 21, IR had traveled to Lake Forest for an afternoon matinee with the Spartans. It was not a good showing for the Indians, as they were dismantled 74-34.
It was their third straight Henlopen Conference loss.
Felton scored 13 points to lead the Indians, while Carson Barnes chipped in with seven, and Antonio Jones tallied six.
“People just aren’t stepping up,” head coach B.J. Joseph said after the Lake Forest game. “We had a game plan, went out there and did OK at first, but then things kind of got away from us there. They [Lake Forest] have some players. The Kaheim Roach kid is a tough player, and [Jaysem] Vasquez is a decent guard, ya know. They have some guys that just know their roles, and they play them well.”
Roach, just a sophomore, finished with a game-high 26 points, while Vasquez, a junior, added 21 markers for the Spartans. Sophomore Nakiem Scott also chipped in with double-figures at 11.
By Jason Feather