by Blake Cowell
The Musketeers took their 3-2 record into their first conference game on the road against the Steeleville Warriors. Red Bud previously fell to the Warriors in a 25-32 defensive battle, but the Musketeers were out for revenge.
In the first quarter the Musketeers were off and running on the offensive side of the floor, knocking in close range shots, something that they failed to do in the previous week at the Trico Tournament. The Musketeers started the opening quarter on an 8-2 run, but after a couple of turnovers and defensive lapses, they found themselves down 8-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a back and forth battle that resulted in a 16-19 deficit at halftime for the Musketeers. At the start of the second half, the Musketeers turned it up on defense, being in the gaps and making the Warrior’s turn the ball over in the half-court. Alex Birchler also began to take over for Red Bud on offense. Using his tall 6’4 frame, he was able to get to the basket and score the basketball. Even when he did not score, he was able to utilize the “up fake”, get fouled, and go to the line for a pair of free throws.
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