Fighting Until The Last Second

Haley Spicer, Sports Reporter

Henderson battled to the last second against the University of Arkansas at Monticello as they endured their first home loss of the season.

 

An overall defensive effort kept the game relatively close for the Reddies. Offensively, HSU got off to a hot start draining multiple three-pointers to start the game as well as going seven for eight from the free-throw line.

 

Senior Guard Anthony Lupardus not only led the team in scoring with 19 points, but he added a swarming defensive presence. Lupardus vigorously guarded the Boll Weevil’s top scorer KJ Leasure and disrupted his rhythm holding him to six points in the second half.

 

“I just showed my hands more cause I had two fouls in the first half, that’s what hurt me. I wasn’t able to stay on to him too much but in the second half I just showed my hands more and played together” said Lupardus.

 

Tempers flared high in the first half as Senior Forward Mike Fofana got hit with a technical foul.

 

Henderson’s second-half boost allowed them to outscore them 43-38 in the second half. Head Coach Jimmy Elgas channeled his team’s halftime adjustments that allowed them to perform better.

 

The Reddies defensive effort amplified when they locked down on defense, hustled on the floor to the ball and forced a back-court violation.

 

Despite going 3-3 from on field goals and 1-1 on the three-pointers, Redshirt Senior Forward Chris Owens reflects on how to improve his defensive efforts. “Me, personally, defensively I probably could’ve just helped out the players a little bit more cause I felt like we were scoring the ball, we just didn’t get enough stops to win the game and make free-throws when it counted most”. 

 

As the Reddies look to get back in the win column on the next game, Head Coach Elgas recalls the foundation of his team. “We have tough-minded, hard-practicing, good players on this team and they have been resilient all year”.

 

HSU will look to bounce back Thursday, February 13, 2020 against Ouachita Baptist University at 7:30 pm across the street.