COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Effort is something that one does not need talent to have. That is the philosophy of Columbus High School boys basketball coach Dave Lekwa.
Columbus excelled on the defensive end Thursday, but could not get a shot to fall in losing to the visitors from Sigourney, 54-23.
“Especially since our last game, we have been focusing on having more energy on the court,” Lekwa said. “I thought the boys got after it on defense and I really love their performance in the first half. We are still trying to find our footing on the offensive end.”
Sigourney led 9-2 after one quarter and 16-6 at the half.
“We are a few guys short right now, so we don’t have a deep bench and we’re trying to bring all this energy and effort, so sometimes it will catch up with us,” Lekwa said.
The score was 37-15 after three quarters.
“I thought we got wore out toward the end of the game,” Lekwa said. “I felt we upped our game in terms of physicalness and effort and energy, so I think that wore us out with our short bench. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys and their effort.”
Columbus has a number of players getting time in both the varsity and junior varsity contests.
“I thought they all played hard,” Lekwa said. “I thought we missed a few easy shots. Normally, we are going to make some of those. They were good shots. We just missed them. We shot a couple threes where we should’ve worked the ball around.”
Owen Wilson led the Wildcats with eight points.