Lebanon Reporter

December 10, 2013

Tigers fall to Western, 58-44

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Lebanon Reporter

---- — The Lebanon boys basketball team was unable to win their third-straight game Saturday night.

The Tigers fell to Western 58-44, dropping their record to 2-2 this season.

"They out-hustled us," Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. "They hit a lot of shots in the second half and we took a lot of bad shots in the second half. We still managed to be in the game into the fourth quarter, but out inexperienced showed with us firing two bad shots quickly. They hit their free throws down the stretch. We just made some bad decisions. They played a 2-3 zone and rather than working it insides, we settled for long 3s. When those shots go in, you have a good chance to win, but when they don't it is going to be tough."

The Tigers shot 4-of-25 from three-point range in the game.

Hendrix said he didn't want to use the team's inexperience as a reason for the bad shooting, saying the Tigers just have to be better.

"We can use it as an excuse if we want, but right now the main thing is teams are just tougher than we are," Hendrix said. "We have to get tougher kids on the floor. We can say it is inexperience, but what are you going to say if we are making the same mistakes in game 10. We have to be more patient on offense. We talked at halftime about not taking any more 3s against their zone, then we went 0-of-11 in the second half. We then get behind and that's when our inexperience kicks in."

For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.