BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Wolverine boys drop first game
After its first game of the season, the Wolverine basketball team is regrouping and “trying to forget” match No. 1, according to boys’ varsity coach Mike Gray. On Nov. 30, the young TNT ballers traveled to Mariposa in their first game of the season.
The Wolverines made only seven of 59 shots from the field in a shooting display that Gray dubbed “really bad.”
The obvious lack of ball control and leadership on the court took its toll on Truckee in the 46-34 loss.
Veteran Dave Larson got into early foul trouble, forcing Gray to take him out before the end of the second quarter. Larson’s absence was clearly evident on the court as the Wolverines struggled to put together a consistent offensive tempo.
Despite Truckee’s offensive troubles, the defense showed promise and Gray noted “We did a pretty good job on rebounds.”
Freshman JR Murphy played a smart and skillfull game in his first varsity appearance, and Gray will be looking to the young player throughout the season.
The inexperienced squad also posted favorable free throw numbers, shooting almost 68 percent on 19 of 28 shooting from the line. Larson was the top scorer for the Wolverines, netting 16 points before his exit, and Jarrad Gifford scored 10 points for the day.
The Wolverines have been practicing with great tenacity and determination this week to correct the weaknesses in their game and will regroup today as the Colfax Tournament kicks off.
Gray said, “we will be working on better shot selections and taking care of the ball.” This weekend’s tournament will provide ample playing time for the Wolverines to integrate these aspects into their offensive game.
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