Sometimes all it takes is a stern talk from a coach. That’s what the three big men who guard under the hoop for the White Pine High School Bobcats learned before they went into their home game against Lake Mead Academy on Saturday.
Assistant Coach Darin Stewart pulled aside each player and spoke with them about staying out of foul trouble and being more aggressive in their rebounding.
According to head coach Charlie Hall, the difference showed in the game.
“It was like a complete 180,” Hall said.
The Bobcat big men responded to Stewart’s message, collecting balls off the back board and effectively boxing out the Eagles after free throw attempts. helping the team go on to win the game 63-49.
For the six-foot-three-inch junior center and power forward Cody Bennett, coach Stewart’s talk helped him focus on what his job is on the court and maintain his calm.
“I was really focused on trying to stay straight up and down to prevent racking up some fouls, because when I get into foul trouble I sometimes get mad and my offense and defense suffers,” Bennett said.
The junior also pointed out that having one thing go well for the team picks up their play in other areas as well.
“It’s a two-sided game. So when we do better on offense or defense, the other side of our game plays better in response,” Bennett said.
The Bobcats (2-7) will next face The Meadows (9-1) in Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30.