CLAYTON – Before the year was out, the Siren boys basketball team was in the win column.
The Dragons came up empty on their first six chances to give interim coach Rick Kosloski his first win but left no room to chance on Friday. They hit five 3-pointers in the first half of a 69-42 win over Prairie Farm to end the skid prior to the start of 2020.
“We played a better game on both offense and defense,” Kosloski said. “(We) controlled the boards and reduced our turnovers.”
But long-range shooting put the Dragons ahead early.
Brady Kosloski sank three 3-pointers in the first half while Nathan Kosloski and Riley Churchill handled a bulk of the scoring. Nathan Kosloski scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half and Churchill added 13 to get Siren out to a double-digit lead before halftime.
Prairie Farm limited the deficit with its own long-distance shooting, getting three first-half 3-pointers from Dusty Harren but the rest of the team managed just 16 points and the Dragons took a 14-point lead into the break.
Siren’s lead extended in the second half with stingier defense that limited Prairie Farm to 17 points and without a second-half 3-pointer. Just six of the Panthers’ second-half points were scored from the floor with the other 11 coming at the free throw line.
The Dragons, meanwhile, had eight players score after halftime. Brady and Nathan Kosloski had six points each while Churchilll and Russ Cook had five points each. Churchill finished with 18 points and Brady Kosloski had 15. The win improved their record to 1-6 overall heading into this Friday’s game at Bayfield.
“There is always room to improve but this is a good start after the Christmas break to put us on track for the rest of the season,” Rick Kosloski said.
The Dragons return home to host Webster on Jan. 10.