Varsity Basketball

Northwest sub keeps team sharp

The official scorebook will show that senior Troy Resko contributed nothing in Northwest’s 70-44 victory over Garden City on Wednesday night.

Resko will likely do the same Friday in a Class 6A sub-state championship against Maize in Dodge City.

But Resko’s significance to Northwest cannot be captured in a box score. As Northwest coach Chris Collins will tell you, Resko’s impact is written all over the Grizzlies’ 14-7 record.

“He’s such a tremendous asset to us because the other kids can’t take breaks,” Collins said. “They’ll look at Troy and he’s going as hard as he can. Every play he plays like his last play. He brings that intensity.”

Collins says every team needs a player like Resko, who has an unrivaled passion for the game. In practices, Resko will pick the mind of starting guard Craig Nicholson even if he might not get to use it in a game — he’s just looking to get better.

“He has a really good work ethic,” said Nicholson, who scored a game-high 19 points. “He’s always asking me stuff in practice. He’s doing whatever he can to get better.”

That’s where Resko’s main value lies — in practices pushing the starters.

“He makes us work hard every day in practice,” senior Grant Landenberger said. “It helps us become better players because he brings that high intensity with him.”

After Northwest pushed its lead into double-digits in the second quarter, the end result was never in question. And with 1 minute, 47 seconds to go with the students chanting his name, Resko entered the game.

Northwest set him a pick and the half’s only tense moment came when he released his three-pointer from the wing.

“It felt pretty good, but it kind of slipped off a little bit,” Resko said.

The shot missed, but the crowd still cheered his name.

Afterward, Resko shrugged off most questions about his role on the team. He just wants to help the team out any way possible.

While he probably won’t play in Northwest’s sub-state title game, Collins knows Resko will always be ready when called upon.

“This next week or so, I’m going to really try to soak it in,” Collins said. “Because kids like Troy Resko don’t come around too often.”

Garden City (8-13) 11 8 14 11 — 44

Northwest (14-7) 17 20 12 21 — 70

GARDEN CITY: Gomez 0 0-1 0, Bernbeck 5 4-4 14, Curran 5 3-4 17, Terpstra 1 1-2 3, Taylor 2 0-1 4, Ensz 1 2-2 4, Leal 0 2-2 2. Totals 14 (4) 12-16 44.

NORTHWEST: Nicholson 7 3-6 19, Johnson 3 0-0 8, Landenberger 3 0-0 6, Miller 5 0-0 10, Gales 2 4-6 8, Tuggle 4 1-1 9, Carter 3 0-0 8, Cramer 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 (6) 8-13 70.

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