FORT WAYNE – Just judging by the comments afterward from the North Side and DeKalb coaches, it would be difficult to tell which team won and which team lost.
For the record, the Redskins led almost wire-to-wire for a 51-41 home win Friday.
That was not exactly evident judging from the thoughts of DeKalb coach Jon Everingham and North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq.
North Side improved to 2-0 but hasnt seemed to enhance the mood of its coach.
We are not playing well, and it has everything to do with effort, Khaliq said. We are going to win games because we are talented, but we are not going to win championships. I told them in March when you lose, you better not come and cry. You get what you deserve. Until you put forth the effort that correlates with our talent we are not going to get the results we want.
It was DeKalb (1-2) that lost by only 10 points after committing almost as many turnovers (30) as points (41) and making 11 of 22 from the free-throw line.
Our effort was as good as you will see in a high school basketball game, Everingham said. To have that many turnovers and be in the game, that means our effort was 200 percent better.
North Side played its second of five games without the suspended Sean McGee, while DeKalb was missing two injured starters in junior Cole Hartman (ankle injury) and sophomore Hunter Cone (ankle issues).
McGee has been out because of a violation of the schools conduct policy. The junior will return for the SAC tournament Dec. 26. Everingham said Hartman should return this year, but Cones comeback may not happen this year.
The Barons got 18 points from Carson Forrest and 14 from Tanner Moore.
We are really proud of our guys who had to step up tonight, Everingham said.
Despite having a size advantage inside, the Redskins shot 14 3-pointers and made only one. They finished 18 of 34 (53 percent) from the field. The Barons, who trailed by double figures in the first half, got to within 46-39 with 1:31 left.
(DeKalb) played without Hartman, one of their better players, and they were very competitive, Khaliq said. Their kids really got after it and executed the game plan they came in with, and we didnt. We want to just show up and win. It was our philosophy Tuesday (a 74-65 win over Blackhawk Christian), and it was our philosophy tonight. Until they understand we have to compete and get better.