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showed dur­ing Tues­day’s home loss. Dur­ing that week­end tour­na­ment YC beat Havasu 60-55.

There wasn’t a lot of flu­id­ity on of­fense and the Sham­rocks, who like to get out and run, were held in a half-court slugfest.

“We’re loose with the ball. We’re not fin­ish­ing,” YC coach Bret Felsen­thal said. “I saw that all through­out the week­end and it con­tin­ued to­day. I think with prac­tice time it will hope­fully im­prove. We also just have to get used to play­ing to­gether. We don’t have the ca­ma­raderie down as a team

yet. I have to do a bet­ter job fig­ur­ing out what’s go­ing to work for this team.”

Most of the tran­si­tion points that they scored came early in the game as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead af­ter three layups from ju­nior Rakai Malone and an el­bow-three from se­nior Ran­dal Voutt.

Malone had 10 points in the game and Voutt had 15 points and nine re­bounds.

Af­ter go­ing up 9-0 in the first five min­utes, lids were put on the bas­kets. YC led 13-5 to fin­ish the first quar­ter, but it would only score once in the sec­ond quar­ter, of­ten fal­ter­ing or forc­ing bad shots in half-court sets. The Sham­rocks shot 30 per­cent

from the field and had 16 turnovers.

At one point Havasu went on a 37-13 run span­ning about two whole quar­ters. A lot of that was pred­i­cated on YC’s in­abil­ity to take care of the ball with scor­ing droughts of six min­utes and five min­utes to turn a lead into a big deficit.

The Knights took their big­gest lead of the game with three min­utes left in the third quar­ter af­ter a con­tested layup from se­nior Noah Boyd at 37-22.

Go­ing down 15 gave YC some en­ergy and they ral­lied back with an 8-0 run of their own to stay in the game. That run was spear­headed by Voutt’s abil­ity to get to the bas­ket and the line in tran­si­tion. They pulled back in at 37-30, but they would stay at around that mar­gin down the stretch, trad­ing bas­kets un­til the fi­nal, 54-45 loss.

“I think that’s an ad­van­tage we have with the ath­leti­cism we have on this team,” Felsen­thal said. “We have to get stops be­fore we can run and that’s some­thing that we strug­gled with tonight. We strug­gled re­bound­ing tonight too. When you give a team sec­ond and third chances, over and over again, they are go­ing to put the ball in. Then, you can’t run un­til you get it.”

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