Polk plays two in Hendersonville, faces Landrum at homePublished 4:51pm Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Wolverines made adjustments going into the fourth quarter and got back on track. McEntire said when it counted the team made 11 out of 12 free throws to seal the game. Alec Philpott led the way making 10 free throws.
“He really did a good job attacking the basket; we did a good job as a team (and thus getting to the free throw line),” said McEntire.
Leading scorers where Philpott with 16, Anthony Carson with 14 and Jordan Smith with 9 points and nine rebounds.
The West Henderson game was a bit different scenario with Polk being down early and almost coming back for the win.
Coach McEntire said the Wolverine’s struggled to gain any control in the game.
“We let them dictate the pace of the game. They are a really big team, we let them sit in the zone for the first three quarters and make us take tough shots, we took way too many outside shots,” he said.
With their size advantage, West concentrated on getting the ball inside and slowing the game down. McEntire was not pleased with their defensive effort.
“On (their) offense we allowed them to run their slow pace and take great shots (from inside). They shot 71 percent in the first half,” he said.
The half ended 39-27, with West leading Polk by 12. Polk was able to close the gap later in the fourth quarter hitting six 3-pointers. This offensive drive brought the Wolverines within two points of the Falcons, but the team still came up short 74-71.
Saquan Miller shared leading scorer honors with Alec Philpott, both with 15 points, and Jamal Tanner had nine assists for the game.
Coach McEntire gave credit to the Cardinals from the last game, but felt the Wolverines needed to be more focused as well.
“They (Landrum) are big and have length and can switch well (in their zone defense). They are very talented and really did shoot well last time. (But) Hopefully we will come out ready to play basketball and not worry about all the outside distractions,” McEntire said of his team going into tonight’s game against Landrum. “We (may have) gotten too caught up in the rivalry and did not show up to play.”
The Polk County Varsity Boys will begin selling tickets tonight to a pancake breakfast to be held at Mountain View BBQ and Deli in Columbus, Dec 12 from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.