December 29, 2007

Norwell Loses to Peru

The Knights boys lose their 5th straight, this time to Peru, 53-40.

Drew Imel’s fourth three-pointer of the game tied the Tigers at 29-29 with 4:40 left in the third period, but then the Tigers went on an 11-0 run that put them ahead 40-29 with 7:37 to go in the game.

Once again, the Knights were not able to make defensive stops and score enough points to get back into the game.

A three-pointer by Klayton Reed with 7:07 left cut Norwell’s deficit to 40-34, but the Tigers finished the game with a 13-6 flurry.

“We just have to find a way to defend. There’s just no other way to put it,” said Norwell coach Doug Hicks.

Well, that's night quite true, is it... there is another way to put it. How about, "We just have to find a way to score more points." This focus on defense and over-passing results in nothing but low-scoring, boring games. It would be more fun to lose five straight if the coach took the straight-jackets off the kids and let them play.

In the junior varsity contest, Norwell pulled out a 28-27 victory. Brandon Gerber led the Knights with 13 points. Jordan Shady added eight, Kyle Johnloz five and Jake Shapley two.

Coach Hicks, in the article, says Norwell just isn't getting fouled enough, isn't playing hard enough defense, might have to switch personnel... his JV is out there scoring under 30 points in a game, his varsity is averaging under 46 points a game ... and his focus is on defense? His focus is on getting his shooters to the free throw line? His focus is on getting points one at a time?

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