The Northview varsity boys basketball team (5-19, 2-13 7AAAAAA) lost against the Alpharetta Raiders (14-11, 9-7 7AAAAAA) 46-39 in a close battle. The main two scorers, junior point guard Joe Jones and senior Jordan Dinkins, left everything on the court in the second to last game before the region tournament. Junior Nolan Causwell also contributed to the team with great passing.
“We need to work on finishing out games and being smarter with the ball,” Jones said.
Jones has helped the team to better their communication and passing. He continues to play the game right and keep the team motivated.
“We need to do a better job controlling our offense and making better decisions late in the game,” Causwell said.
Causwell recognizes his and his teammates’ mistakes. He continues to have great passing skills and helps the team win. He may have some ideas on how to improve, but Head Coach Steve Bombard will make the circumstances for the boys to be able to win their next games.
“I felt like we needed to execute better on offense,” Dinkins said.
Dinkins made a great contribution to the team. He owned up to his small mistakes like ball handling and sometimes forgetting to communicate correctly.
”We gave up another fourth quarter lead,” Jones said.
The boys played really well in the beginning of the game, but their frustration gains power towards the end of the third quarter. They try their best to keep their head in the game as much as they can.
From point guard to center, the scoring was not a problem in the game. It was more about defense. They had a lot of competition trying to block the ball. Getting stops is where the Titans have plenty of room for improvement.
“I felt like we needed to work more on blocking the other team from shooting and steal to make more wins,” Dinkins said.
“We need to be more focused coming into the game,” Causwell said.
The boys always bring their game in spurts but seem to struggle to maintain the same energy and efficiency through all four quarters. Maybe getting a small pep talk or some words of motivation from someone can hype them up in the right way. Even if they do not win they can continue to learn from their losses. They know what they do right and wrong in each contest.
Throughout the game, Northview kept it pretty close, and the student section showed major support from the beginning to the final buzzer. Players like Jones and Dinkins take a lot of responsibility moving forward to lead them to victories. Heading into the next game, the Titans need to focus on closing out the game and making more open shots. They hope to get back on track for their last regular season game against Dunwoody (3-21, 2-13 Region 7AAAAAA) on February 2.