The Lourdes boys' basketball team, which defeated Exeter-Milligan 49-44 in the MUDECAS tourney semifinals on Thursday, will play at 6 p.m. tonight in that event's championship game against Southern at the Beatrice City Auditorium.
Mitch Gude hit 6-of-9 from three-point range to lead the Knights with 18. Aaron Miller had 13 and Jameson DeFreece chipped in with 10.
Although the Knights got the win and advanced to the tourney title game, Coach Joe Tynon said the team still has a lot to work on going forward.
"We really didn't play that sound of a game still had too many turnover to play championship basketball but it was better," said Tynon. "That was a big focus in practice and it games for the future is to be strong with the ball. At times we did that well, but when we had the chances to extend our lead into double digits we were not able to take care of the ball and let them go on their own runs to cut the lead."
"Other areas we need to improve on is finishing quarters. We have had issues with late game clock management and are looking to correct those," said Tynon. "For example, before halftime, we were up 23-18 with under 40 seconds left in the quarter. We were looking to take the last shot and turned it over giving them an extra possession and they cashed in on a basket making it 23-20 at half. If we execute at worst it would have been 23-18 at half."
"We are improving and I feel our confidence is growing, but by no way are we a finished product or should believe we have arrived," said Tynon. "We have a bigger picture a bigger goal at mind and we are not going to get there from having a few good weeks of practice and playing better in four games. Winning helps, but we still need to stay focused and continue to develop our individual skills and the team's ability."
The Southern game is an opportunity for the Knights to continue their process.
"Southern is a 9-2 team," said Tynon. "They are athletic and will get after you. This is an area that we have struggled with this season. "We just need to play solid defense."