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Postgame Quotes: Point Beach vs. Lakewood

January 29, 2012

The script is all too familiar for the Point Beach boys basketball team.

Three overtime games. Three losses.

On Saturday, the Garnet Gulls fell short to Lakewood, 58-57, in overtime after holding onto a 31-15 lead at the end of the first half.
The loss marks Point Beach’s first home loss of the season. For Lakewood, Dajuan Morris scored a game-high 21 points and Tyrice Beverette added 17 for Lakewood. Matt Farrell scored a team-high 17 points with six assists and five steals for the Beach.

Here is Point Beach head coach Nick Catania’s reaction to the loss.

On the Lakewood’s comeback…

“We weren’t aggressive. We knew they were going to come out aggressive but we came out timid. When they tried to pressure us, we told them to just rip through and go by them. They came out to play and we have to react better than that. We didn’t get a shot the first four minutes of the third quarter and we called timeout up 10. We tried to settle them down and get them fired up but you have to credit to Lakewood. They did a good job.”

On losing three overtime games this year…

“I think we are young. Our free throws really hurt us. When you lose overtime games like that, you look at every little thing and the free throws really hurt us. We have been shooting a really poor percentage from the line all year.”

On the defensive game plan…

“They only had 15 points in the first half, when we were playing man. To be honest with you, I thought we were going to play three minutes of zone and we were going to have to mix and match all game. We were playing well in man and that is why I stuck with it during the game. When we went to the zone they were hurting us on the glass, so we switched back to man in the overtime and they still hurt us on the glass.”

On the last play of overtime…

“We were going to run something differently but we wanted the ball in [Matt] Farell’s hands, especially with Lakewood having 8 fouls. When P.J. [Kineavy] fouled out, we didn’t want to put the ball in somebody’s hands that was not used to handling it.”

For more on the game, check out the Ocean Star Sports twitter account @oceanstarsports.

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