Last Friday, the New Haven Shamrocks lost their home conference game to the St. James Tigers 56-42, although the Rocks outscored them in the fourth-- 12-10. This was largely in spite of the Tiger’s defensive pressure, as they ran a “run and gun” trapping defense the whole game. “Run and gun” refers to trapping (guarding one man with two people) to try to get a steal and go score quick points.
Senior Justin Shockley led New Haven with 11 points, and was perfect from the foul line; 3 for 3. He also had 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Following was junior John Fleer with 9 points, while snagging 6 rebounds. Fellow seniors Zack Vedder and Will Soete had 6 points and 2 rebounds, and 1 point and a game-high of 4 assists, respectively. Abe Madden had 7 points and 4 rebounds.
When asking Will Soete about the game, he stated, “We couldn’t handle the ball. We also couldn’t finish opportunities at the rim; finishing has been our problem all year.”
Fellow senior Zack Vedder also quoted, “In a way, we beat ourselves. If we play our game, then that won’t happen. We’re very capable of picking up wins from teams like this.”
After the game, Coach Aaron Peirick quoted, “We turned the ball over too much. We also didn’t do a good enough job defensively, especially stopping the dribble drive. St. James played harder than us on defense and executed better than us on offense.” As stated above, a “dribble drive” is dribbling the ball hard into the lane and to the basket.
The Shamrocks began tournament play at South Callaway on Tuesday, the 10th, as they played South Callaway in the first round. The Shamrocks were ranked 5th while South Callaway was ranked 4th in the tournament seeding. They ending up making it to the consolation final, where they lost by 3 points in a heartbreaker.