The Troy Buchanan boys team travelled to Francis Howell High School (FH) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to take on the Vikings for the third time this season.
FH beat the Trojans 62-43. FH is 19-1 on the season and is cruising.
That being said, Troy was able, in this game, to keep the Vikings to their lowest tally out of the three meetings.
“I loved our effort defensively last night,” Troy head coach Tim Gilmore said. “The biggest thing we have been working on is doubling the post and our rotations out of it. The guys did a great job of making it tough on their post players each catch and rotated out of the traps quickly to close out on shooters.”
Gilmore said that he was trying to put the idea of fragmentation of the game into his players’ minds, to contextualize the idea that the game is won and lost in small portions, a lot of small portions, but focusing intensely on those shot periods can lead to better performance.
“The coaching staff talked to the boys a ton before the game about breaking the game up into four-minute segments. The guys did a fantastic job in the first half of competing and executing during each of those segments. The biggest thing that got us was our four-minute segment to start the third quarter. We had too many turnovers, which led to easy baskets on the other end for them. If you are going to beat them you have to value the ball every time down the court and have no empty possessions,” Gilmore said.
The season is heading for the home stretch, and there are still some great opportunities for Troy to add to their win tally, especially in conference play.
“With three weeks left in the regular season, we have some big games coming up,” Gilmore said. “Holt is an important one for us being a district opponent. Holt does a great job of playing hard and executing their sets. We have to be disciplined on the defense end and take care of the basketball on the offensive end. It will be a great match-up for us on Tuesday.”