EHS Continues Streak, Wins Mid-Winter Classic

Jack Pifer, Views Editor

Three straight wins allowed the EHS boys basketball team to take the second tournament win this season.

The win now puts EHS at 13-7 for the season.

According to junior Brennan Weller, the team was well prepared going into the tournament.

“I think the coaching staff did a great job of preparing us with gameplans for each team…” Weller said. “Every player on the team did their job to help us win.”

The closest game in the series was the first game against Granite City, who beat EHS last time they faced. After this win, Edwardsville went on to beat Cahokia 58-31.

In the final game against Jerseyville, EHS was down by two early in the third quarter. Soon after the Tigers found their stride.

EHS ran away with the game, scoring 19 points over 14 minutes without allowing a single point by Jerseyville until there was just over a minute left in the fourth quarter.

Weller commented about the change in pace, saying that in addition to some adjustments at half-time “We came together as a team and fought harder than we did in the first half.”

Senior Jack Nafziger said the recent games have been a turnaround from earlier in the season.

“As a team, we are playing way better than we did at the beginning of the season…” Nafziger said. “We’ve gotten much more comfortable playing with each other…”

Weller and Nafziger were both made all-tournament honors.

Nafziger attributed his and Weller’s accomplishments to a team effort.

“A lot went into Brennan and I making the all-tournament team,” Nafziger said, “whether it was scout guys running their plays before the games, having our teammates get us open or just shooting before practice.”

With the three wins from the tournament putting EHS ahead of their 10-20 record last year, EHS coach Dustin Battas is pleased with the performances.

“We’re happy with our progress,” Battas told the Intelligencer. “We have good guys that work hard, and they practice hard. By the end of the season, I think they’re going to be proud with the improvement they made.”

EHS will try to continue their win streak will when they face Belleville at home on Jan. 31.