The Blue Ridge Middle School boys basketball team took a hard-loss from Fairview at home on Monday losing 39-11. Volunteer Coach Griffin Taylor said Blue Ridge has a lot of first-time players this year, but Monday’s game was a great learning tool.
“Obviously the press killed us,” said Taylor. “They have never faced a press that intense before. But we’re going to get back to work and focus on beating that press. But I saw improvement today and we’re going to continue to build on that.”
Volunteer Coach and Blue Ridge Middle School math teacher Elijah Reece said Fairview is a talented team playing games like Monday’s helps the team improve overall.
“We knew this was a top-level opponent,” said Reece. “We use these experience4s when we play against teams more in line with our skill set. Today was a good challenge and we’re going to learn a lot from it.”
Eric Puskarich said Fairview had too many “big people,” and they have to take the night’s loss and move on.
“We did okay, but we had a lot of turnovers,” said Puskarich. “And we need to work on our layups. We’ll just come back here and work harder next time.”
Blue Ridge next plays in Highlands at 5 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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