Eskomos win some, lose some, will bring back loads of talent
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
ESKO, Minn. – After graduating most of his experienced players a year earlier, Esko boys basketball head coach Mike Devney knew that it was not going to be an easy task to match the 20-win total his boys posted the previous season.
This season, however, he hit it right on the nose.
The Eskomo’' 13-14 overall record was impressive against their tough schedule, while their 7-3 mark in the Polar League Conference ranked them third.
Though it may only look like a sub-.500 record in the papers, Esko dropped a number of contests in the final seconds, including a difficult season-ending 64-62 loss to Rush City in the first round of the Section 7AA tournament.
“I thought the kids played really hard this season,” said Devney about his boys’ efforts. “We had some heartbreakers, but they just kept battling.”
A number of those heartbreakers came because of a young and inexperienced Eskomo team, but Devney explained how they continued to improve and even with losing three seniors – including all-star Jamie Stokes – he couldn’t be any more proud of his boys.
“We just got better and better and better,” said Devney. “I’m definitely expecting a great season out of these boys next season with the talent that we have coming back.”
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