Inexperience a learning curve for Royals squad
© Katie Brickman
Spencer Barrett of the Peacock Toilers tries to block a shot from Brennan Goski of the Riverview/Cornerstone Royals under the basket during senior boys basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Despite only having nine players, the Peacock Toilers are looking to do some damage this season. They started off strong with a 90-40 first league win over the Riverview/Cornerstone Royals on Tuesday evening in senior boys basketball action.
“It was a solid game and we are pleased with the kids,” said Peacock’s head coach Bryan Adams. “It was a good way to start.”
The Toilers only have one Grade 12 on the team, which may have led to a bit of nerves in the first half, as the group missed the majority of their shots, including under the basket.
“We missed a lot of layups and shots, but we are really young this year,” said Adams. “I think we played without catching our breath in the first half, but that tends to happen and you miss a lot of things.”
The Royals are an older team, but some of the players are inexperienced. They ran with their starting five for the majority of the game and they seemed to fatigue by the second half, where Peacock took over the game offensively.
“We are a small team with a short bench. We are definitely coming from different variations of skills. We are trying to meet the needs of all our players,” stated Royals assistant coach Dillon Pinfold. “It definitely makes a difference, but I wouldn’t say that it the deciding factor.”
Despite the short bench, the Toilers had to work hard against the Royals down low and on the boards in order to maintain control of the play.
“I thought the Riverview/Cornerstone kids played hard and they are a little short on some people,” said Adams.
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