After the men's basketball game, the Haskell team enjoys a well-balanced meal.
During the game, the Fightin' Indians partake of a well-balanced offensive attack.
Four players scored 17 points each Tuesday night as Haskell defeated Wentworth Junior College, 97-92, at Coffin Complex.
"Usually we're balanced," said Haskell guard Elijah Williams, a member of the 17-point quartet, while his team chowed on a post-game meal of meat, potatoes and bread. "But we don't score that many points as a team."
Haskell (2-4) jumped to a 9-2 lead early after Theodore Chesarek (17 points) tallied a layup and a 3-pointer to begin the game's scoring, then Jeremiah Rector (17 points) and Williams each added lay-ins.
Layups were the theme of the night for the Indians, who amassed ten in the first half and 14 total.
"We just couldn't stop them inside," Wentworth coach Paul Colton said. "We've never played zone before, but we had to do it because of our situation.
"But take nothing away from Haskell, they played great and shot the ball well."
Haskell benefited from a depleted Red Dragons roster that had only six players. Two starters were suspended before the game and two top reserves missed the bus that headed out from Lexington, Mo., in the afternoon.
The Red Dragons were hampered greater when guard Justin Misel was forced to miss eight minutes early after nearly spraining his ankle and 6-foot-5 freshman Verion Douglas received his second foul with 17 minutes left in the first half.
"We knew we had our opportunities," Haskell coach Al Gipp said. "We just wanted to run the ball when we had an advantage, then it was simply a matter of our guys taking advantage of the chance and scoring."
Haskell led 14-4 early. A run-and-gun approach by both teams had the score at 41-38 late in the first half -- the closest the Red Dragons closed the deficit -- but the Indians went on a 23-9 run to conclude the half.
"That spurt really hurt us," said Wentworth's Ramon Hill, who totaled a game-high 30 points.
Wentworth (2-8) closed to 80-74 with 7:05 remaining after scoring 12 unanswered points capped by a acrobatic Hill layup.
The score was 85-81 when Haskell's Justin Daney drilled a three-pointer to seal the game. Daney hit three three-pointers.
"We couldn't finish them (Wentworth) off," Williams said. "We relaxed too much at times and took some bad shots. Right now, we're working on matching the other team's intensity level."
Haskell reserve guard Rock LeBeau was the last player to score 17, tallying 10 points and three three-pointers in the second half.