We played a tough schedule this season in preparation for these type of games. It's paid off for us at the district and regional level and it did again tonight.
I haven't seen Bradley play but we've heard a lot about them. We know they shoot the ball real well and they're very athletic and rebound well. We've got to really work on blocking out and limiting their second chances to give us more chances on the other end.
The kids are really happy. Their goals for the season were to win the district and the regional. They've accomplished that. Now, we are looking forward to the state tournament and to see how far we can go.
We really haven't played a lot of teams outside of our area, so there is a bit of an unknown going in. There are several powers that are always good on the A level Bradley, Emerson, Guy Perkins and Kingston. We just want to go down there and play our best basketball.
As a team, we have to understand that the game starts inside-out.
I believe we are a real mirror image of each other. We're two of the top teams of the state. It is going to be a battle.
Our kids really stepped up when we needed them. We didn't shoot free throws as well as we wanted 4 of 12 in the last 2 minutes, but we were able to make the plays when we needed them.
We need to work on some things. I have to be aware of their legs going into the tournament and make sure we are rested, but we do have a few corrections to make.
We have entered unknown territory. The kids are having fun. They are a bunch that love to play the game and play it well together.
We can relax and play now. We're in the big dance. Now, we want to play well and have fun.
They have everything in their favor. Revenge, the home court, the regional. We just want to play our best.
We've been able to control the tempo. We've done well on the defensive boards and our defense has been solid. We're a balanced scoring team with consistent offensive output and we haven't gotten rattled or lost our composure or patience even when we're down.
It was a close game, but Aaron Mattox and Travis Smith really stepped up for us in the fourth quarter and made some big plays for us. Our kids play really hard and play well together. They have a lot of confidence that one of them is going to make plays.
We didn't take care of the ball like we needed to, and it came back to bite us.
We really haven't played a lot of teams outside of our area, so there is a bit of an unknown going in. There are several powers that are always good on the A level aa Bradley, Emerson, Guy Perkins and Kingston. We just want to go down there and play our best basketball.
That's why we call him the Big Dog. He makes big plays and the other kids follow him. He's an excellent player who hasn't got a lot of attention.