The Logansport Berries faced a stern test and got a passing grade from their coach in the second game of the season.
The Berries hosted a veteran Maconaquah squad on Saturday night. The Braves pushed the Berries but weren’t quite able to keep up over the full 32 minutes, as Logansport pulled away for a hard-fought 79-62 win.
Three nights after beating Peru by 43 points, the Berries again won by double digits but coach Pat Skaggs was looking for a better performance overall.
“I think we just thought we were going to take off from the last game, and obviously that wasn’t the case,” he said. “They had a defensive plan there on Carter [Skaggs] and we’ve got some guys who are going to have to learn that they are going to be open, but that doesn’t mean that’s a good shot for them or a good shot for us. I don’t think we really played very smart the majority of the game to be honest with you. We’re going to have to learn to play at different tempos throughout the game. It’s like right now we’re on full throttle and we’re going to have to learn to slow it down a little bit.”
Despite facing extra attention, Carter Skaggs scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Berries (2-0). He canned four 3-pointers and was 12 of 14 from the foul line for the game. The junior is averaging 32.5 ppg in his first two games for the Red & Black.
“I thought they just got really physical with him and face-guarded him,” Pat Skaggs said. “The guards did a great job of getting him the ball.”
A.J. Smith followed his 20-point game against Peru with 11 against the Braves (0-1). The Berries also had a couple of their young guns in double figures as Matt Jennings scored 14 and Jalen Adaway had 10.