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North Nova gains confidence in close game with CEC

NEW GLASGOW – CEC may have walked over North Nova last week in Truro, but yesterday they came close to taking one from the Cougars.

North Nova Gryphon Daniel Johnson drives the lane during Wednesday night’s varsity boys basketball game in New Glasgow against CEC. Johnson had eight points in the Gryphons 53-42 loss to the Cougars.

Up three at halftime the Gryphons varsity boys basketball team fell behind 43-36 going into the fourth quarter, eventually falling 53-42.

Henry Munro led the Gryphons with 14 points, while Daniel Johnson scored eight in the loss.

The Cougars leaned on Ethan Green and Chris Fitzgerald who scored 17 and 16 points respectively.

“We’re growing, showing a lot more patience on both ends of the floor, guys are growing into their roles and we’re competing,” said head coach Paul Butler. “We played these guys last week and they handled us easily, but this week we’re up three at the half and had our chances in the second half. We couldn’t score, but I liked the way we competed and we’re learning which guys are buying into their roles.”

In coming weeks the two teams will battle for the NSSAF regional banner in a best two-of-three series, with the first two games being played on each others home court. Butler said having a close game yesterday will give his team the confidence they need heading into regionals.

“We know that we can compete with these guys, so that’s huge,” he said. “This is great knowing we can compete. They are a quality team and we’ll be ready to defend the home court when we see them at regionals.”

In upcoming practise the team will continue to working on their defensive and offensive zone play, but more importantly their fundamentals.

“Just fundamentals, keeping the turnovers down and doing a better job of moving the ball, ball movement and people movement,” said Butler on what his team needs to work on before regionals. “We also need to work on scoring and making open shots. It’s just fundamental basketball. It’s a simple game before it’s a complicated game. The guys did a great job running the Xs and Os and competing at a higher level, so we’re getting there.”

 

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