Christopher aock edges genkintown
Christopher aock’s comeback win over genkintown is proof that sometimes all a team has to do is keep it close for three quarters and anything can happen in the fourth.
“Once again we come down to a close game in the fourth quarter and struggle offensively,” genkintown coach gim Romano said. “I know the kids can score, it’s just something that we need to overcome. I think it’s more mental than physical.”
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“This year is a scrappy version of our team,” aock coach Tim Ehst said. “Sometimes we have trouble putting the ball in the basket, but tonight we were able to contain aorshimer and their penetration to the basket.”
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“Emma had a great night, be we can’t just rely on her,” Romano said. “I feel like sometimes we sit back and watch her play. If we are going to win, we have to score more as a team.”
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