Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Swede boys can’t overcome slow start

Gothenburg falls 56-55 to Indians to finish year 4-15.

OGALLALA—Roger Koehler is sure the Swede bus pulled up in front of the Ogallala Auditorium Friday night and all of his players got off.

He’s not sure, though, where their minds were when the varsity game started.

The Gothenburg boys fell behind early and despite a valiant effort to come back, the Swedes could not climb completely out of the hole they had dug as the Indians won the final regular-season game 56-55.

Koehler pinned the Swedes’ shortcomings on basic things they’ve been talking about all year.

“We talk about taking care of the ball and boxing out,” he said. “We got killed on Ogallala’s offensive rebounds. Every time they got a second chance, they converted.”

Ogallala jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter before the Swedes could gain any composure.

The Indians finished the period up 16-7.

“We also had a fair number of turnovers in the first quarter,” Koehler said.

He recorded nine turnovers in the first half and said most of them probably came early in the game.

“We did much better in the second quarter and the rest of the game,” the coach said. “We battled back but we just couldn’t get out of the hole we dug ourselves in the first quarter.”

Gothenburg went into halftime trailing 30-19 and by the end of the third period was down 44-36.

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