|Player||Points||PPG||FG||FG %||FT||FT %|
|Player||3 Pointers||3 PT %||Reb||Asst||Stls||TO||BS|
|Team||First Qtr||Second Qtr||Third Qtr||Fourth Qtr||Total|
Overall, the Patriots suffered from the same problems that they have had all season. They can not seem to get going in the first quarter, causing them to play catch-up all game, a talent they do not have. They seem to not be able to recognize when an opposing player is getting hot shooting three point shots. Last night it was Nichols but they had the same problem throughout the Santa Maria tournament. HCS is unable to stop a penetrating drive by opposing guards. Renne prevented any fourth quarter comeback with his penetrating drives last night but that has been a reoccurring problem most of the season. And it does not seem to matter whether HCS plays zone or man defense. Despite HCS' height (although last night the Royals were of equal height to HCS) advantage in most games, they are being outrebounded. They average 28 rebounds a game. HCS is also averaging 17 turnovers per game and only 10 assists per game. Last night the free throw shooting by everyone but Jonny Barton and Nate Glass was a dismal 50%.
Now Agape League competition begins and every game counts. For the first time in over five years, it is not certain that HCS will make the playoffs. They need either 6 more wins to get 11 wins or finish in the top three of the Agape League. Neither of those two options seems guaranteed at this point. The irony is that this year's team is taller and more talented than any team at HCS in the last five years. But it is not time to despair but rather buckle down to the task at hand and fulfill their potential.
HCS will have to play exceptional basketball to get past the Royals. They will have to jump out to an early first quarter lead and then hold off the Royals in their fourth quarter surge. It means making free throws, getting over 38 rebounds as a team and playing strong defense against Woodcrest Christian. HCS presently has as many losses as they had all last season (8) and need six more wins to make CIF Southern Section playoffs.
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