By Brian Hoffman
The Glenvar boys will be back on the hardwood tonight when they host Christiansburg in a basketball game at GHS. The Highlanders will be trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 52-38 loss to Auburn on Monday night in Riner.
“Auburn is a good team that shoots the ball well, plays tough full court defense and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Glenvar coach Cliff Bordewisch. “We kind of reverted back to the version of us from Christiansburg and just made it up on offense and didn’t work hard enough offensively to get better looks. When you’re not shooting the ball well and you’re not working through the offense, then you’re not going to have a lot of success.”
Glenvar trailed by six at the half at Auburn, then was outscored 25-17 in the second half. The loss to Auburn, a Class 1 school, followed wins over Class 4 Blacksburg and Class 3 Christiansburg on back-to-back nights last week, both on the road.
“This is a great learning lesson for us and we will get back in the gym this afternoon,” said Bordewisch on Tuesday morning.
Last Thursday in Blacksburg the Highlanders picked up a big 57-53 win over the Bruins. Glenvar trailed by five points going into the fourth quarter but outscored the host team 22-13 down the stretch to pull off a big win on the road. Freshman Brody Dawyot led the way with 16 points and Gabe Ford had nine of his 14 in the fourth quarter.
The Highlanders were back in the greater New River area on Friday night with a trip to Christiansburg, and again they came home with a win. This time it was 42-33 as Dawyot and Elijah Carter had 13 points each. Carter scored all of his points in the fourth quarter to lead a late charge after sitting out the whole second quarter with foul trouble.
“He’s our energy guy,” said Bordewisch. “He’s the kid I never have to question his effort or desire. He was huge for us in this one because he does it first on the defensive end.”
Now 4-1, the Highlanders will be off for the rest of the year after tonight’s home game. They’ll return to action January 3rd at Carroll County.