The team again showed heart, but ran out of steam in the second half. We were leading by three at halftime, but lost to a better team when the buzzer sounded. The game was so lopsided on fouls that the assistant coach of SATCH apologized to me for the poorly called game. Two of my players fouled out and two additional players each finished with only one foul to give. We were in the penalty for what seemed like the entire game. SATCH is much bigger and bullied our players, but they were never in the penalty. Go figure. I was disappointed in our effort in the second half, but because we are smaller, we have to play at such a high level to compete with bigger teams. Playing at a high energy level is a daunting challenge for all four quarters, but we simply must to beat a team the caliber of SATCH.
Michael Pender and Keaton Hart each scored 11 points and Keaton added 8 rebounds. John Horsey also grabbed 8 tough boards. The bench, especially Matthew Dunn, gave tough sweat-filled minutes for the starters in foul trouble.
Our next game will be our first home game of the season. This season we will actually play more games at Faith West Academy than we will play on our home court, so we must defend our home court with a victory! We certainly need an emotional boost after our toughest loss of the season.