Trailing 33-21 at half to visiting Columbus, the Three Forks High School boys basketball team regrouped during the break and would cut the lead to as little as four in the second half. Unfortunately, the valiant effort would eventually fall short in the season-opening 60-51 loss.
Head Coach Terry Hauser said his team has a lot of players without varsity experience and nerves played a factor in the slow start. He added they were not doing things the coaching staff preaches in the first half and were not following the game plan which was to play inside out.
Hauser was pleased with how the team responded in the second half and the way they were able to get the ball to junior Austin Allen who had 15 of his game high 22 in the last two quarters.
"How we played in the second half is the team we are, and we are going to keep improving and we are going to keep getting better," he said.
Juniors Jacob Buchignani and Owen Long each added 12 points for Three Forks. Walker Page added three and Collin Stone had two points.
The Wolves will next be in action Friday, January 8 at Manhattan.
"They are tough, but I believe we are a tough team too. It's going to be a tough matchup. I do believe they are the favorite to win the conference, but they cannot look past us. It's going to be a great atmosphere," he said.
Three Forks will host Townsend Saturday.