By Doug Roorbach
For The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
The Alexandria-Monroe Tigers fell to 0-6 on the season Saturday night after absorbing a 72-43 drubbing by the University High School Trailblazers.
The Tigers suffered two further losses as well: a knee injury to key starter Landon Breese in the first quarter and the ejection of Coach Chad Wetz on his second technical foul with 2:36 left in the game.
Wetz will have to sit out the Tigers’ next game. He said they wouldn’t know Breese’s status until after he has his knee evaluated.
“We kind of hit our bottom,” Wetz said after the game. “It’s kind of like the movie ‘Hoosiers.’ We’ve torn down, now we’ve got to build it back up.”
The Trailblazers led from the outset, starting the game with a 9-0 run over the first 2:30. Eric Wott had the hot hand early for University, making his first four three-point shots, and two out of three from two-point range. It was 26-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter Wetz took out all five starters and inserted reserves for a few minutes. The starters came back with a renewed energy, and Alexandria outscored University 14-12 in the quarter to cut the lead to 38-24 at the half.
The Trailblazers started the third quarter with a 14-3 surge, though, and then pulled away.
After the game, a reporter asked Wetz to describe the University players. Were they bigger? Stronger? Faster? “In a word,”he said, with a wry smile.
Wott wound up with 18 for University, as did Noah Matthews. Layton Carroll led Alexandria with 18. Jacob Fox added nine for the Tigers and led the team with seven rebounds.
“We’re going to get refocused for next week,” Wetz said, “It will be a bigger task now that we’re not going to be whole, but we’ve got to take this and decide which way we’re going to go. Are we going to go negative or are we going to go positive?”