The Molalla Indians’ boys basketball lost 66-47 to the Tillamook Cheesemakers on the road on Tuesday.

Starting for the Indians: Tyler Gengler, Conner Green, Reed Aylett, Jonathon Gengler and Carson Wolfe.

Jonathon Gengler led the team in points, with 17. He was followed by his brother Tyler Gengler and Conner Green, who had 8 points each.

“Definitely there is improvement from the first game,” Coach Tyler Kelleher said. The Indians were coming off a 69-54 loss in their season opener against Banks.

“They were a little wide eyed, dear-in-headlights look, in the first game,” Kelleher said. That wasn’t the case against Tillamook, although the final score didn’t reflect it.

They played a better game, Kelleher said. “We came out and fought hard beginning to end. There’s still a lot to improve on.”

Finding out the specific strengths and weaknesses of your team, and making the right adjustments, is what the preseason and early part of the regular season is all about, and Kelleher knows it.

“I’m seeing things we need to work on,” he said. However, Kelleher continued, the boys’ “attitudes are great” and the team is beginning to come together.

An inescapable issue for the Indians is their lack of experience, as they graduated nine players and had one transfer from last years’ team. Their most experienced player is Tyler Gengler. Kelleher said he did good in Tuesday’s game, but does need to work on his consistency.

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