Quantico VA | February 15, 2012
Quantico Middle/High School Warriors Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team went up against the Massanutten Military Academy Colonels in Woodstock, Va., on Monday.
Back in January, the Warriors lost to the Colonels 49-40 and the Warriors were looking for some retribution in Monday’s game. Sure enough, the Warriors’ got their payback, beating the Colonels, 42-34.
“They’re focused and look ready,” said Eddie Cottrell, head coach for the Warriors, before the start of the game. “They say they really want this win, so I guess we’ll see what happens.”
The Colonels started the game moving the ball well, waiting for their opportunity to strike and score some points. Soon, the Warriors did more than just good passing, they made great shots back-to-back. One jumper by Quinn, a senior player for the Warriors, tied the game 6-6.
“Let’s make smart passes and let’s get these stops in the corner,” Cottrell said.
The Warriors began to get more rebounds and make layups which helped them take the lead at the end of the first half 12-6.
“We got to be strong guys,” Cottrell said. “We have to play smart, stop fouling and stay up on defense in the next quarter.”
To start the second quarter, the Colonels showed how persistent they were, keeping possession of the ball for over two minutes to get a shot to eventually go in. But Quinn shot a three-pointer right in the face of a Colonels’ player to keeping their score extended.
After a while the Colonels struggled to find an opening for shots and began to just throw the ball up. Meanwhile, the Warriors began to but their time and wait for the perfect opportunity to take shots.
At the half, the Warriors had extended their lead 21-13.
“We are doing great right now,” Cottrell said. “Let’s protect your zones. Keep taking away the cutter. Keep your hands up so we don’t foul and, most of all, make sure we have an idea of what we’re going to do before we do it. Now let’s go get them.”
The Colonels came out aggressively, attacking the boards, drawing fouls and scored the first point of the second half. Whatever the coach for the Colonels said to his team must have sunk in as the Colonels began to play smarter, trapping, stealing the ball and using precision passing.
The Warriors’ rushed shots began to hurt them tremendously and, before long, the Colonels went on a 9-0 run and tied the game 24-24.
The Warriors struggled to get back in the lead, but with help from Alec, a sophomore player for the Warriors, who made a three-pointer, they took the lead by the end of the third quarter, 29-26
“We are going to go with the press and we need to get them in a half-court trap, because that’s how we are going to beat them,” Cottrell exclaims.
The Warriors did exactly what Cottrell said and, alongside of taking smart shots and keeping positive control of the ball, the Warriors beat the Colonels, 42-34.
“We made plays when we needed to,” Cottrell said. “We still need to work on handling pressure a little bit more and understand when to do what on the court. Overall, it was a good game. They are trying very hard and they have definitely come a long way since the beginning of the season.”