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Spartans working to return to contention
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
January 30, 2013 04:03 PM | 810 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Paulding player C.J.
Baisden warms up during a recent  practice.
South Paulding player C.J. Baisden warms up during a recent practice.
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With four losses since the start of the second half of the season, the South Paulding boys’ basketball team has given up some opportunities and forced themselves to work harder if they want to make it to the state playoffs.

The two most recent losses were to Paulding County, 54-34, and Hiram, 63-52.

“First and foremost, Paulding County was the main cause for the loss. Their coaches and team did a great job and were prepared. They just simply outplayed us on that day. Second, we shot 17 percent [from the floor]. When you do that you will not win,” said head coach Gil Davis.

After losing to the Patriots, the Spartans got back in the gym and worked harder on some aspects of their game and came back with back-to-back wins.

“Our team just realized that we needed to improve as individuals and as a team and just come out the next week and get better…we can’t control who we play or anyone else, but we can control how we prepare and work,” Davis said.

The following loss to Hiram moved the Spartans from the second spot in their subregion to being tied with Hiram and three games behind No. 1 Lithia Springs.

“We are feeling pretty good right now, but not satisfied. We have let a few games slip by that we could have won. However, I do believe our team is starting to realize that we are talented and good enough to win on any given night,” Davis said.

One thing Davis noted about his team is their effectiveness at the one and two spots — point and shooting guard.

“Our team’s strength is our guard play. We are deep at the position and they play well together. Our point guard play has been excellent with Jamal Williams and Jordan Roberts. They have been steady for us,” Davis said.

With region tournaments right around the corner and teams working hard to gain a spot in the state playoffs, the talk has begun among team members about its chances.

“We have talked about it a little bit — really tried to keep our main focus at ‘one game at a time,’ as they say, but it has been spoken about.

“We have just told them that if we put ourselves in a good position that we have a great chance to have a special season,” Davis said. “Every game for us down this stretch is a big game. This time of year all coaches will tell you every game is crucial.”
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