SPRINGBORO - What a difference one game can make.
How about a 47-point difference? That’s the point differential from West Carrollton’s 67-47 victory against visiting Springboro way back on Dec. 14 and the Panthers’ 65-38 whipping of the visiting Pirates on Friday.
Springboro coach Troy Holtrey thinks he knows what happened in Round 1: A perfect storm.
In his words:
“That was a lot better than the last time. I think that we wanted to make a statement that we’re a good basketball team. I thought we did a great job. We did so many things well from an execution standpoint.”
47-point difference: “That’s a big swing.
“Last time was a perfect storm. Everything we did was wrong. We didn’t coach them well, we didn’t put them in a situation where we were going to be the most successful, we didn’t shoot it well and they shot it well. We turned it over and they got the free throw line. It was just a perfect storm of everything that could go bad in a game went bad for us that game.
“We’ve been playing good basketball. We’re still a young group, but clearly there’s a maturity. I think that we have some leadership that’s starting to emerge. We’re a very quiet group of young men and there’s some leadership that’s starting to emerge and that’s what you have to have.”
Sophomore center Maverick Morgan had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks.
In his words:
“We played awful the first game. We thought that they were going to play man the first time, and we literally had no zone offense.
“Once you get to the point that you’re expecting to win, that makes everyone pretty pumped up.
“We had so many people asking us if we were going to beat them. I’m just glad that we don’t have to hear about that anymore.”Tweet