Created on Thursday, 24 January 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
After an impressive start to the season, West Liberty-Salem’s boys basketball team is looking to sharpen its defense as it enters the stretch run.
That task begins Friday when the Tigers travel to Northeastern for an Ohio Heritage Conference meeting.
“I think the thing that has me most excited is our guys seem to have renewed their commitment to playing defense,” said WL-Salem head coach Aaron Hollar.
The Tigers (12-5, 8-1) lost two games in a row in early January, falling to Mechanicsburg 63-49 and Urbana 59-44.
Since those losses, WL-Salem has not allowed more than 40 points in their past two games.
“Since that loss to Urbana we’ve done a good job of holding teams in the 30-point range,” said Hollar. “We’ve been good on defense at different times this year. We’ve been effective trapping and effective in the half-court, but never at the same time. We’ve been solid when we needed a stop and trapping to control the tempo.
“If we can do both, then that is an advantage for us. That is something we have to put together down the stretch. If we can do that I think we can have a bright rest of the season.”
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