Indees lose two in DC play


            Nathan Pyka of Independence drove to the basket during their game against Augusta on Friday.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

The Independence boys basketball team had a tough time getting the ball in the basket in two losses last week.

The Indees managed just 11 points in the second half of a 73-37 loss to Melrose-Mindoro last week Tuesday. On Friday, they lost to Augusta 70-45, but no additional information from that game was reported before press time.

Independence (1-10, 0-4) hit the road this week, playing at Black River Falls on Tuesday and in Blair-Taylor on Thursday. This coming Monday, they head to Cochrane-Fountain City before hosting Eleva-Strum on Tuesday.

M-M 73 Independence 37

The Indees struggled defensively in the first half and offensively in the second.

Independence had one of its better scoring outputs of the season in the first half with 26 points. However, Mel-Min put up 43 in the same half to take a big lead into halftime.

The Indees couldn’t buy a basket in the second half as the Mustangs broke the game wide open.

Independence shot 38 percent from the field, despite going one-for-11 on three-point attempts. Aberlardo Lopez Cruz led the team with 18 points. Ben Pyka scored 12.

Tristan McRoberts scored 24 for Mel-Min while Dominic McRoberts added 22.

Independence (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-points) — Ramirez 1/4-0/0-5-2 Kingsbury 0/5-3/4-4-3 B. Pyka 6/7-0/1-7-12 Rajkowski 0/3-0/0-1-0 Cruz 8/20-1/2-8-18 N. Pyka 0/1-0/0-3-0 Montalvo 1/2-0/0-0-2

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