Labette men’s basketball has now iced out a four-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak following Monday’s 110-55 win over Ottawa JV.
Cardinals head coach Jerrod Stanford, always preaching his team’s goals for each game especially against JV opponents, felt his team excelled in the blowout.
“We executed our goals very well,” Stanford said. “We always try to get six-to-eight steals a game. We want 10 second chance shots. We want to have plus-eight on field goal attempts. We took care of those. We went after them.”
Labette was paced in scoring by Demarcus Fannin, who had 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting while also pulling down four rebounds. Fannin has been incredibly efficient over the last four games, missing a total of five shots while scoring 61 points.
“He’s just so active,” Stanford said. “You can’t scout activity. You can try to get a body on him. But he’s good about reading ball handlers, sliding into open gaps and attacking the offensive glass. He’s doing a really good job and I’m seeing him get more comfortable.”
Cardinals guard Luis Melian once again filled the stat sheet, racking up 18 points, seven steals, seven assists and five rebounds.
“He keeps getting better and better,” Stanford said. “There was an adjustment period to myself and the way we were trying to get him to understand our concepts. Now he’s taking it to another level and seeing success.”
Labette’s defense forced plenty of extra opportunities as the Cardinals tallied 23 steals. Melian’s seven led the team, while Tyler Garrett added five.
“When we have a high steal amount, it’s because we’re active on the weak side,” Stanford said. “We’re in good positioning and we only had 15 fouls. That shows we weren’t reaching, we were taking the ball when it came to us.”
Now at 6-4 overall on the season, Labette heads into Thanksgiving break. The Cardinals’ next game is on Dec. 4 on the road at Missouri Southern JV.
Labette 110, Ottawa JV 55
Labette: 55 55 — 110
Ottawa: 26 29 — 55
Labette: Miguel Shaw 8, Makiay Jones 6, Mike Flenorey 12, JOrdan Base 3, Toraze Dobbs 2, Tyler Garrett 11, Bryson Dennis 2, Demarcus Fannin 25, Luis Melian 18, Nduka Ogwu 12, Xavier Ughutevbe 11
Ottawa JV: Devon Taylor 8, Jalen Richardson 2, Kellen Parker 2, Kenny Haney 6, Devin Bell 14, LaRonde Booze 11, Trevor Balllou 10, Lane Thomas 2