Every game you play is a learning experience and the Muskie senior boys' basketball team is hoping it can use the lessons learned over the weekend to improve moving forward.
The Muskies went winless in five games at the Sun Spartan Invitational in Brandon, Man. on Friday and Saturday while competing against some of the best teams from that province.
“We struggled this past weekend in Brandon and finished with a record of 0-5,” Muskie co-coach Greg Ste. Croix said.
“We got to see how these better teams execute in all aspects of the game, from start to finish,” he noted.
“We are still at a point in the season where we need to work on all aspects of our game,” Ste. Croix stressed.
“Consistency in basic fundamentals will be the message on both ends of the floor.”
Ste. Croix did say the play of Kobi Ward and Brandon Larson really stood out to him in the weekend games.
“Kobi Ward played really well, as did Brandon Larson," he lauded. ”Kobi was able to score against every team we played and Brandon's work ethic is unmatched.
“[He's] a positive role model for the younger players.”
The Muskies went into the weekend tournament fresh off exacting some revenge with a convincing 63-50 win over the Kenora Broncos on Thursday afternoon at Fort High to improve their NorWOSSA record to 2-1.
The Broncos had edged the black-and-gold 71-70 in the season-opener back on Dec. 4 in Kenora.
Ward paced the Muskies with a 27-point performance on Thursday while Mike Vanderaa netted 10 points.
Joel Ottertail added nine points, with Dominic States and Ben Smith notching four apiece.
Fort High also had rolled to an 84-41 romp over the visiting Dryden Eagles last Tuesday afternoon.
Ward led the black-and-gold offensively in that one, as well, with a 21-point performance.
Wyatt Richards netted 13 points, Larson added 11, and Vanderaa had 10.
“In the game against Dryden, we were firing on all cylinders," Ste. Croix recalled. ”We moved the ball really well on offence and our defence limited the Eagles' scoring chances.
"And when we got a turnover, the ball was moved rapidly and accurately to teammates and we converted that for points.
“In the game against Beaver Brae, we did some of the same things but we were unable to sustain it for the full game,” he conceded.
The Muskies will cap first-half NorWOSSA play tomorrow when they head to Dryden to battle the Eagles.
Ste. Croix noted after his squad's weekend in Brandon that they will need to work on each area of their game to improve moving forward.
“We hope that the experiences from Brandon can translate into better play in Dryden,” he remarked.
“We need to push ourselves to execute at our very best in a similar manner as did the teams we encountered in Brandon, from tip-off to the final buzzer,” he reiterated.