Inman senior Treyton DeVore scored 15 points, as Inman out-paced Hutchinson Central Christian Friday night 60-37.
Inman senior Treyton DeVore scored 15 points, as Inman out-paced Hutchinson Central Christian Friday night 60-37. It was a much welcomed win for the Teutons, who had come up short in several close games this season since their season-opening win against Goessel Dec. 6. “I don’t know if anyone in 2A had a schedule like we had coming into the break,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “But that’s okay. Every game we’ve had a chance to win. We’ve had a couple of heartbreaker but the kids have played hard and haven’t been down about it. For me, having a week at home, not having to stew about [ending 2013 on a loss], it’s a great feeling and I’m really proud of our effort tonight.” The Teutons (2-4) had some difficulties in the opening minutes of the first quarter dealing with the size of Cougar junior Noah Starkey. The 6-foot-6 forward scored six of his team-high 15 points in the first four minutes of the opening stanza, while keeping Inman from getting the ball inside. Froese made a few adjustments with the Teutons down 13-4 and it was almost all Inman from that point forward. “He is big,” Froese said of Starkey. “He moves his feet really well and gets his position really well. So we came up with a bit of a different game plan and maybe tried to defend it a little better.” DeVore was the spark that ignited the Teuton offense, as he scored seven points in the first quarter on his way to 15. “He’s big-time athletic,” Froese said of DeVore. “He’s 6-3, long arms. He game Starkey fits, too, in the second half. Great backside rebounder. He did a great job.” Inman finished out the first quarter on a 5-3 run that quickly erupted into a 16-2 swing. Justin Friesen hit a bucket and the plus-one to give Inman a 19-16 lead with 4:05 left in the second quarter and Inman never trailed again. Friesen picked up 13 points, while Barkley Williams was able to slide through the inside defense of the Cougars almost at will and finished with 11. “We’ve been pretty good defensively this year, but we couldn’t score,” Froese said. “Tonight, we were able to move the ball and get a lot of people involved and get some points on the board. Which takes a lot of pressure off the defense.” The Teutons are off now until Jan. 7, where they will host Remington.