“Hopefully, this is just a bad game, a one-time exception for our program,’’ he said. “But, you can’t tolerate that in any game. We are going to have to make sure that this never happens again.’’
The frustration for Houpt and the Danville Vikings isn’t concentrated on just offense or defense — it was the team’s all-around poor play.
“I thought we played selfishly at times and without composure,’’ said Houpt, whose team made just 1-of-11 shots in the third quarter and the Vikings missed six straight 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the quarter. “Some of us were playing really hard, but mentally, not sharp.
“Offensively, it’s the same story, we get sped up by some pressure and then we don’t run the offense. We start taking quick shots. There also some turnovers that I thought we had gotten past.’’
Champaign Central’s Noah Wells didn’t make matters any better for Danville. The guard for the Maroons buried 6-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc in the contest, scoring a game-high 20 points.
“It was impressive, but it’s hard to enjoy that,’’ said Houpt, a noted sharp-shooter during his playing days. “I really like great shooting, You don’t see much of that any more. I wish it was a different situation where I could set back and admire it. Those were daggers each time.’’
Ironically, Champaign Central first-year coach Wayne McClain decided to start Wells after his hot shooting in Thursday’s practice.
“He was great, ‘‘ McClain said. “He shot probably better in practice (on Thursday) than he did in the game. Driving over I was talking with Serg (Central assistant coach Sergio McClain) I think we have to go with him. He continued to shoot the ball well. He got us off to a great start.’’