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The Cornerstone Christian Academy boys’ basketball team ran out of gas in Saturday’s 53-43 home loss to Christian Academy-Lawrenceburg.
The Bulldogs stayed close throughout the three quarters before Lawrenceburg pulled away in the fourth.
“We just fell short late in the game,” Cornerstone Coach Darrick Briscoe said. “They hit some big shots down the stretch, and we got away from our game.”
Briscoe pointed to the Bulldogs’ defense as an area of improvement, but he added that shot selection wouldl need to be addressed.
“I thought, defensively, we really improved, but our shooting is not where we need it to be,” he said. “I think we’re getting there, but the guys have to embrace the system. We had too many times were guys were trying to go one-on-one, and we’re not ready for that athletically.
“But when the guys ran the system, played the way we’ve been practicing, we did really well.”
Despite the mistakes, Briscoe said the team is headed in the right direction.
“Our intensity was there, but it’s the little things we have to work on,” he said. “They outhustled us at times, getting to loose balls that I thought we could get to. I was pleased with their effort, and the guys kept working, but we just need to continue to get better. I saw a lot of improvement.”
Briscoe noted the play of Nate Oates off the bench as a big bright spot.
“We got in some foul trouble inside, and I thought he came in and did a great job in the second half,” the coach said. “He gave us a big lift off the bench.”