Ray Ellenwood taught Haskell's young basketball team one lesson Tuesday night -- how to win.
The Indians defeated Emporia State's junior varsity, 66-64, Tuesday night at Coffin Complex.
Four freshmen accounted for 57 points for the Tribe (3-5).
"The youngsters are starting to learn the small things and the most important one, which is how to finish a game," Haskell coach Walt Wilson said. "They always work hard and are learning how to play at crucial times of the game, and they came through."
Ellenwood, a sophomore forward, stepped up in the final minute. With the score tied at 62, Ellenwood hit a shot on the left side with :34 left for a 64-62 lead.
Then with 24 second left, ESU's Kyle Pipkin missed the front end of a one-and-one. Ellenwood grabbed the rebound and nailed a free throw with :23 remaining for a three-point lead.
"We only have four sophomores, but they provide great leadership," Wilson said. "Ray came up big at the end and sealed the game."
The Hornets had a chance to tie, but Malik Jordan's drive to the basket was stolen by Haskell's Bill Tyner.
"He just lost control of the ball and I happened to be in the right spot at the right time," Tyner said.
Tyner, a freshman, led the Indians with 22 points, including four three-pointers in the first half.
"We were hot from out there early, but we needed to go inside," Tyner said. "The first half we were shooting so much from the outside, and coach told us at halftime to look in before anything else."
Freshman Mike Primus added 17 points for the Indians. Primus and Tyner had 28 of Haskell's 29 first-half points.
Brent Farmer took over in the second half, scoring 15 points. The freshman forward was 4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line after intermission.
"We wanted to get more balanced on defense and offense in the second half," Tyner said. "We had to change our offense to get everyone involved and it worked out pretty good."
The Indians' half-court trap also worked well. The Hornets committed 24 turnovers, while the Tribe had only 11.
"It's been big for us this year," Wilson said. "The little scramble defense has given us the ball and more opportunities. We're trapping in nearly every defense we run."
Bruce Wilson gave Haskell a 52-47 lead on a layup with 9:09 remaining. But the Hornets scored easy back-door buckets and took a 56-54 lead on a Ryan Wedel layup. Wedel led ESU with 15 points.
"That is a result of inexperience," Wilson said. "We haven't learned how to rotate well enough. We're rotating three to four players, but not all five. But it's going to pay off."
The Indians will entertain Bethany's junior varsity Tuesday at Coffin Complex. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.