Thriv­ing on the pain

Schen­scher de­ter­mined to use hurt to hit back

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re­bounds. ‘‘ Once I was mov­ing I was fine,’’ he said. ‘‘ Be­ing a com­pet­i­tive per­son I wanted to be out there and want to do some­thing for the team, it was frus­trat­ing. But the guys who were out there were do­ing a good job and got it back to sin­gle dig­its.’’

Frus­tra­tion would sum up the road dou­ble for the glue to the Crocs’ cham­pi­onship am­bi­tions. In both losses, for v e r y d i f f e r e n t r e a s o n s , Schen­scher walked off court dis­ap­pointed in him­self.

Against New Zealand it was a mis­fir­ing first-half per­for­mance, and ‘‘ that shot’’ which could have won the game.

‘‘ That first-half, with two fouls early, I missed a lot of lit­tle put back and layups that al­ways go in,’’ he said.

If only he paused for a mo­ment when the game was in his hands, col­lect­ing a re­bound and fir­ing a hasty shot in the 66-65 loss to the Break­ers, he lamented.

‘‘ I’ve looked over it about ten times and you know straight away when I shot it . . . I had prob­a­bly an ex­tra sec­ond that I didn’t know was there,’’ he said.

While he has a list of could haves and should haves to learn from, the 28-year-old is not stricken by self pity.

‘‘ When it doesn’t go your way you have to dig deep,’’ he said.

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