Kerusch making the hustle plays

In playing Florida Atlantic and Florida International to end the Toppers’ regular season, junior forward Sergio Kerusch gets a shot at two teams he missed with a broken foot the first time around.

Because he watched from the sidelines once, Kerusch said he noticed something — not about the Owls or Panthers, but about his own team.

“Watching the game, you see a lot of things you could do differently,” Kerusch said. “I wasn’t so much looking at them. I was more so looking at our team, noticing the loose balls we missed or the hustle plays we could have had.”

Since he returned to lineup when the Toppers face Louisiana-Lafayette, Kerusch said he’s made an extra effort to fill the void of what Western was missing. And since Kerusch has been back, the Toppers are 5-2.

“When you get back, you try to remember from when you were sitting out the things the team was missing. Like the guy that dives on the ground for two or three balls and busts his head against the wall — that type of thing.

“When you get in, you want to be that guy.”

Jonathan Lintner

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