For the first time in three years, there is a new junior boys champion.
Peacock Green won the junior boys city final on Thursday night. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Peacock Green defeated Central 60-52 in a tight and emotional game to win the junior boys Grade 9-10 city title on Thursday night.
“The guys worked hard,” said Martin Holzer, head coach for Peacock. “We had a good battle with them throughout the course of the year. Iden (Tolley) is a great coach.”
The Toilers went undefeated in league play and only lost two games all season.
It was a back and forth game with Central holding a one-point lead at the half time break. Peacock made some adjustments, but continued to play their system, which helped them in the victory.
“I think is it the skill set. We have worked a lot with their skill throughout the course of the year,” said Martin. “Defensively, we made a couple of adjustments at half time. Their two scorers did not get the points that they would have liked to.”
The Toilers also have experience on this team with six Grade 10 athletes that will graduate to the senior team next year. Those players helped in keeping the others calm especially late in the game when Central tried their best to close the gap.
“I think that is a big part of it,” said Martin. “At the end of the game, there was one Grade 9 and four Grade 10s on the floor. So, the guys have seen it before.”
Late in the game with Central pushing the ball up the court, Peacock knew they just have to control the ball.
“I knew that as long as we kept the ball in our hands, they had to come after us and my guys settled down right away,” said Martin. “Their point guards turned the ball over and I think that comes down to experience.”
The Toilers came out a little tentative and nervous, but they were able to settle down and make the most of it, which resulted in the win.