Boys’ basketball falls to Benilde

Team struggles through tough game


Henry Harper

Junior Henry Odens goes for a contested shot in the game Feb. 5. Park lost to Benilde 65-47.

Talia Lissauer

After a disappointing 65-47 loss against Benilde-St. Margaret’s, coach David Breitenbucher said he is trying to piece together why the team struggled so much. 

“It was not anything that Benilde did that was special out there. We were slow tonight. We were late. Our communication was poor. Our boxing out was horrendous,” Breitenbucher said. “I’m not sure what happened tonight. I’m scratching my head too.”

While the team struggled as a whole, junior Brady Walsh said he did his best as an individual player and tried to bring the team together. 

“When I was out there, I was trying my hardest just trying to get the team better,” Walsh said.

With a losing record of 1-6, junior Evan Donesky said the team continues to struggle in many aspects of the game.

“That was our worst against probably our worst competitors. We didn’t box out. We didn’t push the ball properly and we didn’t communicate on defense at all,” Donesky said. 

For future games, Walsh said he hopes the team will come together and use the skills they already have.

“We just have to play together,” Walsh said. “We have more talent than any other team out here and we just got to win.”

As the season continues, Breitenbucher said the team will continue to improve and hopefully take what is going well in practices and implement that in games. 

“(Leadership) was much better in practice this week. I was hoping the practice leadership would carry over into the game but it didn’t. It’s one day at a time, we just have to keep working on the little things,” Breitenbucher said. 

Boys’ basketball will play its next game against Bloomington Jefferson 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Park.