Boys’ basketball wins tight game against Kennedy

Park takes victory 47-44


Sophie Livingsotn

Senior Erick Piehl dribbles the ball against a Kennedy defender during the game against Bloomington Kennedy Feb 4. The game ended with the score 47-44.

Talia Lissauer

Although the team was able to pull off a win, coach David Breitenbucher said he was upset by the little mistakes made throughout the game.

“I felt like the fact that we got the win and gutted it out in the end when we needed it was huge,” Breitenbucher said. “There were too many slip-ups, so that’s why I’m disappointed, I think the players feel it too but I would give them credit that good teams find a way to win.”

According to Tyshawn Lyons, the team prepared well for the game.

“We already knew what we were going to be expecting, we set up a good game plan,” Lyons said. “Everyone did their part.”

Senior and captain Cole Ewald said while the team’s shots in the game were lacking, they were successful on defense.

“Our defense was good but our offense wasn’t flowing and we couldn’t make shots,,” Ewald said.

Breitenbucher believes that the win is dedicated more to luck than the players

“I was disappointed in our effort. To get the win was really nice, but I would say in some ways we got a little lucky. I don’t like to say that as a coach because I feel like we have to have more in our control, but I was not happy with our performance last night,” Breitenbucher said.

Lyons said he was disappointed that the team wasn’t able to pull off a bigger win.

“This was a team we thought would be more at the bottom and we thought to push the lead up way more then it was,” Lyons said. 

According to Lyons, the team focuses better when they mentally and physically prepare for a better outcome in the games.

“As a team, we all need to focus more before games and work hard at practice so it can show up in the game,” Lyons said.

According to Breitenbucher, the majority of the mistakes took part on Parks end of the court.

“We gave Kennedy way too many second shots, defensively we were not playing as a team,” Breitenbucher said. “We were reacting instead of anticipating what Kennedy was doing and it was an ugly night on the defensive end and the rebounding end.”

Park boys’ basketball will play its next game against Chanhassen 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Chanhassen High School.