IOWA FALLS — The Southwestern men’s basketball team was running on empty, it seemed, in a 79-61 loss to Ellsworth Community College here on Saturday.
The Spartans fell behind 8-3 early in the game and never really recovered, head coach Mike Holmes said.
“A couple times they got lost in transition, didn’t get identified very well,” he said. “We did not block out well throughout the evening. We were lethargic defensively. We were also pretty sloppy with the ball. Weren’t real crisp.”
Still, the Spartans hung around for a while.
“They were doing some different stuff — halfcourt trap, 1-3-1,” Holmes said. “When we did handle the ball, we got some good looks. That kind of kept us in the game.”
Southwestern trailed 37-24 at halftime and tried to make a run in the second half, but fatigue and foul trouble derailed the Spartans.
“We tried to make a couple of runs, but again, didn’t have enough energy to make our stops defensively,” Holmes said. “When we forced a miss, we might have given up an offensive rebound.”
Both Mataika Koyamainavure and Jared Theis fouled out of the game for the Spartans, leaving Southwestern with just five players to finish the game with.
“We’re really patching it all together,” Holmes said. “But we’re certainly capable of playing better than that.”
Southwestern drops to 8-16 overall and 1-8 in the ICCAC Division II standings. Monday’s game scheduled at Clinton Community College was postponed and will be made up on Thursday.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday at home in the Pink Out game against Iowa Central, before hitting the road to Clinton on Thursday and at NIACC on Saturday.
Game time Wednesday is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the women’s game.
(Stats for Saturday’s game were unavailable)