Tonight we had it handed to us by a very strong Newmarket team. The final score was Newmarket 96 Keswick 55. We came into the game with only 6 active players, 3 of them regular starters, due to kids being sick and injured. During the last 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, already down by at least 35 points I called a time out and urged my players to go out and try to get the lead down by running our press after a basket. We were successful at getting a few steals and cutting the lead down to 30-32 points. Newmarket’s coach then decides enough is enough and brings in his starting five to full court press our team for the rest of the game and see if his team can either break 100 or get a dunk before the game is finished. Suffice to say that they had one dunk attempt and nearly reached the 100 mark.
During the last 30-45 seconds I tried to have our players get over the half and hold the ball as a sign that we had accepted the fact that the game was over. Newmarket continued to press and go for their 100 points. Thankfully our pg has some handles and dealt well with the pressure.
My question here is did I some how bring this on myself and my team by asking them to go out and press after each basket for the last four minutes of the game, as the Newmarket coach told me later, or was the coach from the other team a bit excessive in his handling of the situation.
Any and all replies are appreciated.
Jr. BBall Coach
Keswick High School