Though the circumstances certainly allowed for them in the North Carolina junior varsity basketball team’s matchup with Greensboro Day School on Saturday, coach C.B. McGrath is not one to make excuses.
After all, the team has had only three practices since Nov. 11 — only one of which saw the group in its entirety — due to McGrath’s travel with the varsity squad to Hawaii, California and Indiana.
But McGrath said it was the lack of intensity, concentration and effort that led his team to fall to the Bengals 77-65.
“We’re not in as good of shape as we were when we left on Nov. 11, but you have to stay in shape somehow and stay mentally prepared to play a game,” he said.
“They were just a half step quicker to loose balls, they got a bunch of offensive rebounds when they missed a shot. They’d take a bad shot and then they’d get the offensive rebound and get a better shot off. We didn’t do that on our end.”