“Foul” shots work for SFX Fal­cons

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HAMMOND | One point can make all the dif­fe­rence so­me­times in bas­ket­ball and the SFX Fal­cons are wor­king on ma­king sure they get eve­ry point pos­sible on the sco­re­board du­ring their games.

Coach Scott Sto­qua is sa­tis­fied that St. Fran­cis Xa­vier is on the win­ning side of the school’s ove­rall re­cord so far du­ring the first half of the 2014-2015 high school league bas­ket­ball sea­son. But he thinks the se­nior boys’ squad could be doing bet­ter on the court with their de­fence so­me­times.

“Cur­rent­ly, our league re­cord is 3-1 and, ove­rall, in­clu­ding our ex­hi­bi­tion games, we are 5-2,” Sto­qua said. “Our loss in league play came against L’Es­cale. The fi­nal score was 64-37.”

Sto­qua no­ted the Fal­cons’ zone de­fence had gaps and the team made a poor sho­wing on its chances to score foul shots.

Du­ring the team’s se­cond re­gu­lar league game against St. Tho­mas Aqui­nas of Rus­sell, the Fal­cons clip­ped the Ra­vens 33-24 with “a much bet­ter ef­fort all around”, no­ted Sto­qua, in­clu­ding the de­fence.

The third game of the sea­son be­fore the Ch­rist­mas break saw the Fal­cons slash the Wild­cats of Ro­ck­land Dis­trict High School 57-41.

“A good game for us of­fen­si­ve­ly,” said Sto­qua. “Our foul-shoo­ting, which has been strug­gling all year, was ex­cellent. This was the dif­fe­rence in the game.”

Sto­qua no­ted that the Wild­cats do­mi­na­ted the Fal­cons against the boards, with SFX lo­sing ground du­ring its de­fen­sive re­boun­ding. The same pro­blem sho­wed in a game against Rus­sell High School. SFX ed­ged Rus­sell 46-44 af­ter lea­ding the first quar­ter play. Sto­qua said “the game got away from us” in the se­cond half of the match but the Fal­cons’ foul-shoo­ting skills hel­ped keep St. Fran­cis Xa­vier on top of Rus­sell High.

Sto­qua cre­di­ted his players’ de­di­ca­tion to im­pro­ving their foul-shoo­ting skills with ma­king a dif­fe­rence against both Rus­sell High and RDHS.

“Since the be­gin­ning of school, our guys have come in­to the gym eve­ry day and shot four (foul) shots,” he said. “This work is star­ting to pay off.”

The next games for the Fal­cons af­ter the winter exams break are against Vank­leek Col­le­giate, on Fe­brua­ry 4 at SFX, and on the road Fe­brua­ry 6 against Cas­sel­man. The fi­nal league game for the Fal­cons is home on Fe­brua­ry 11, against Le Som­met.

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