The JV hoops squad played perhaps their most complete game of the season against a big and talented Canterbury squad. On the offensive end, especially, our recent work in practice paid some dividends. We possessed the ball much more and turned the ball over far less. We worked with each other off the ball and typically got good looks. That was good to see even if those good looks did not always yield points -- at least we put ourselves in a position to score and we didn't allow our opponents to get a bunch of easy buckets off of forced or unforced turnovers.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side, we made our opponents work. We played on-ball screens pretty well and typically forced challenged shots. In the first half, especially, we did a nice job on the defensive glass, and those boards helped us on occasion get out in transition for an easy score. Colin Fuss '15 was especially strong on the glass and has really improved that aspect of his game in recent weeks. All of that put us in position to challenge for the win. We went into the locker room trailing by 2, 20-22.
In the second half, we continued to play well but we still failed to convert easy opportunities when we had them. We also started to foul too much on the defensive side and the Saints converted from the charity stripe early and often. The biggest problem in the second half, however, was the fact that we got completely dominated on the boards. When we forced misses, too often they cleaned them up for 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th chance points. That was too much for even our improved offense to overcome. Other standout performances on the day came from Ben Brigham '15 and John McAllister '15 who easily had their best offensive games to date.
We will pick it up on Wednesday on the road at TP after winter break.