The Apalachee High School boys basketball team has a few days to catch its breath and to enjoy its fast start to the 2013-2014 season.
With last Thursday’s road victory against Loganville High School, coach Kevin Morris has seen his team improve to 6-1 overall and more importantly 3-1 in Region 8-AAAAA. The Wildcats held on for a 70-66 win behind a 36-point effort by Kamar Baldwin, who was named the Northeast Georgia Athlete of the Week.
AHS was off Tuesday, but will host Cedar Shoals Friday and Winder-Barrow Saturday in region contests. The team returned to practice Monday and is trying to improve in certain areas, even with the early-season success.
“We wan to get better at some things, like everyone does,” Morris said Sunday. “We have to improve our zone offense for one thing. We are pretty good against man-to-man defense and in transition. We have to continue to keep getting better on our press. Our rotation has been good some nights and not so good other nights. We have to understand we need have to all five players in the right spot. Sometimes we will have three, sometimes four and sometimes five. However, we need to have five in the right spot at all times.”
The victory against Loganville Dec. 12 was significant for multiple reasons. First, it was a region win, but also came on the road. Traditionally, games between AHS and LHS are close and go down to the wire.
The victory against Loganville Dec. 12 was significant for multiple reasons. First, it was a region win, but it also came on the road. Traditionally, games between AHS and LHS are close and go down to the wire.
“It was one of those nights where several players didn’t have their best games,” Morris said. “We had one player who averages in double figures not score. Despite not everyone having their best game, we still found a way to win. That was one of the positives. When you don’t play your best as a whole unit but still find a way to win, you take it.”
Morris continues to get plenty of mileage from his bench, going several players deep each outing. Between Friday and Jan. 18, the Wildcats will have six region games. If AHS emerges from that stretch with still only one region loss, the Wildcats will be firmly in contention for a possible region crown.
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