SIDNEY – The game of basketball is often a game of poise experience, and a valuable lesson is not to get too high or, the opposite, too low.
The Butler boys basketball team experienced the entire range of emotions in the first half of their game at Sidney Friday night, and as a result came away with a 69-50 loss to the Yellow Jackets.
The loss dropped the Aviators to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
“This was a learning experience for us,” said first year head coach DJ Wyrick. “They sped us up, made us play faster than we wanted to play, and that’s not our game plan. We kind of played into their trap.”
The Aviators turned the ball over 19 times, and turnovers helped turn the tide of the game after Butler jumped out to an early 11-3 lead that forced Sidney to call time midway through the first quarter. The Aviators were outscored 29-8 prior to intermission to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 32-19 advantage.
Butler came out firing in the third quarter and picked up the pace offensively, but were unable to keep Sidney from answering on the defensive end. Butler trailed 47-36 heading into the final period, but that was as close as they would be the remainder of the contest as Sidney eased out to the final score.
“When a team wants to speed you up, you have to play even slower, so it was a good learning experience tonight,” said Wyrick. “We told them there would be highs and lows in the game, they would go on a run, and we would go on a run, and and whoever responded to the run better would win the game. To their credit, they responded better.”
Torin Fletcher led the Aviators with 18 points and Zach Ledbetter added 11. Sidney placed four players in double figures led by Andre Gordon who led all scorers with 19.
Butler will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Springfield to play the Wildcats in the GWOC Showcase event. The Lady Aviators will face Springfield at 6 p.m. in the first half of the doubleheader followed by the boys at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.