The Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team rolled over visiting Corydon 73-56 Tuesday night, but coach Chad Gilbert wasn’t thrilled with his team.
“We did some things well, but tonight was a lot of individualism,” he said.
“We’ve got some individual talent, but in order to win you’ve got to put those together as a team.”
The Red Devils (16-3) built a 49-24 cushion late in the third quarter, but the Panthers (13-5) went on a 16-0 run and trailed only 54-44 when Tyler Ross converted a layup with 6:54 left.
Corydon, however, couldn’t get closer.
“We’ve got to make sure we get that hunger back,” Gilbert said. “We have to refuse to give everything but our best effort. I thought tonight we had some effort questions at times and decision questions at times.”
The Red Devils committed 17 turnovers against a team that offered token full-court pressure.
“The amount of turnovers we had without getting pressed one possession is ridiculous,” Gilbert said. “We’re too good to do that.”
Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said his team must play better from the start.
“We didn’t compete very well in the first half,” he said. “I thought our mentality was wrong.”
Ross led the Panthers with 18 points, scoring 15 of those in the second half. Bronson Kessinger added 17 points.
“We got the ball in the paint early against them, and we shot air balls in the paint,” Kolkmeier said.
There were some other positives for the Red Devils.
In the first half, Jeff’s Darryl Baker scored 11 points as he joined the school’s 1,000-point club, just the 16th member of the exclusive fraternity.
Baker is the first Jeff player to reach 1,000 points since Matt Pait reached the plateau in 2003. Baker finished with 25 points and now has 1,014 career points.
Keenan Williams added 19 points for the Red Devils.
“I’m proud of Darryl,” Gilbert said.
“I just play,” said Baker. “We really don’t think about stuff like that.”
The Red Devils next will play host to Louisville Trinity, Kentucky’s top-ranked team and defending champions.
“If we play like that, Trinity will come into Johnson Arena and smack us in the mouth, not to mention Castle at Castle Saturday,” Gilbert said.
“We will watch this tape and point out how bad they looked,” he said. “Our kids have pride. They want to win. But that (tonight) is on me. We will get better.”
Corydon (13-5) – Ross 18, Kessinger 17, Lander 6, Jensen 4, Burton 7.
Jeffersonville (16-3) – Kwitonda 9, Chandler 8, Ellis 4, Shackleford 4, Baker 25, Williams 19, Harvey 4.
3-point goals – Burton, Baker 2, Williams.