If there is one thing that can be said about the Golden Aces boys basketball team, after suffering through a four-game losing streak against Evansville city opposition, head coach Tyler Buss said it best:“I don’t feel like we are a 6-7 ball club,” said Buss after a 64-51 defeat against Day School (8-2).
“It stinks losing four in a row, but in the grand scheme of things, these games don’t mean much,” said Buss, referring to more important games coming up against conference and regional foes. Yet, the second-year coach hopes the intrinsic value of the tough non-conference slate will pay dividends later.
The Eagles led 30-10 early in the second quarter, when Mt. Carmel mounted a dramatic rally to close within 37-32 at the half.
The Aces were within one point, 48-47, in the fourth quarter, when they suddenly hit a wall. In five straight possessions, the Aces came up empty, as Day eased away.
“It was like some of these other close games, where we get it close, then we go on a spurt where we turn the ball over too much,” Buss said.
Though the finish wasn’t there, the rally itself was worth complimenting. “Our defense picked up, and mixed and match some zone, a man to man, and a new matchup zone we’re trying out,” Buss said.
Evan Steiler, a 6-foot-led the Eagles with 17 points. Levi Laws scored 19 points for the Aces, who play at Boonville Friday.