Team chemistry keeps Larks basketball moving in the right direction

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Photo by Yui Soshizaki

by John Ruth – Horizon Sports Editor

There’s a new tradition for Hesston College Larks men’s basketball. At the end of each home game, the team invites the crowd down to join them in a hands-in huddle. Then they begin a chant that has become familiar to regular fans: “Family.”

Perhaps it’s that family love that will be driving their success down the final stretch of games as the Larks bounce back from a few rough games this month. At their second regional game on the road just last week, the Larks dropped a large lead late into the game, only winning by three points. In a recent home game early this month, the Larks had a large lead until they let up in the end and allowed the opposing team to a land three-pointer after three-pointer, closing the lead to 10 points. Giving up a possible blowout doesn’t feel good, and you almost expected the Larks to hang their heads as they left the court.

But Coach Galyon made sure his athletes got their heads back up, strengthening his team beyond the struggle of lost leads and using them as motivation for next time.

Aside from recent exceptions, the team is showing few weaknesses in comparison to their competition, and the future looks even brighter.

The past stretch of games for the Larks has been solid. The team is demonstrating powerful chemistry that will hold them strong through the end. They have put up blowouts in their favor and have not let up much. They have been sharing the ball very well and moving in transition smoothly.

So far in regional play the Larks won each of their two games by three points, including a home game that was a thriller right down to the wire. Ty Jordan has been running the show with a passion and the Lark crowd has been backing him and his teammates up in enthusiasm through each possession.

This is very encouraging for the crowds who come night in and night out to support their Larks, their family.

 

 

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