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3-8-24 and 3-9-2024 Tough Luck Weekend

Updated: Mar 15

Photo Credit: Britney Nickle VP of Operations

On Friday, March 08, our guys traveled to West Virginia to play the WV Grind at the Doris and Walter Johnson Arena, at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV. Tip off was at 7:05pm.

It was a close game in that first quarter, starting the second quarter at 31 Grind to 29 Leprechauns. Joe Retic was on fire with 15 points scored just in this quarter. Leprechauns had the lead right before halftime but the Grind put up a three and scored just before the buzzer. At half time the score was 59 Grind to 57 Leprechauns.

Photo Credit: Britney Nickle VP of Operations

In the second half, the Grind got more aggressive. During the third quarter, Grind pulled away and had a significant lead. They ended the quarter 109 Grind to 90 Leprechauns. . In the final quarter of the game, the Leprechauns worked very hard to shrink the deficit down to 12 points. Game ended and the final score was 135 Grind to 113 Leprechauns.

Our #4 Dionte Raines was LOCKED in the moment he stepped out onto the court. Te scored 43 points in this game alone. Way to go Dionte!

Video Highlights recorded from TBLtv.

“Friday was a big eye opener of what we need to work on. We struggled to take care of the ball and rebound. Credit to West Virginia Grind for being the more physical team. I take the fault for the guys not being ready to play. Offensively we did ok, but I’ve always said that Defense, Rebounding and taking care of the ball win games and we didn’t do those very well unfortunately. We’ve got things that have to be corrected for us to win games, including myself. That starts Monday at Practice!”

-Head Coach John Benson

Photo Credit: Britney Nickle VP of Operations

It was a tough loss but everyone is still focused on getting better and building that team chemistry.

“It was a hard fought game and it just came down to who wanted it more. Once we lock in on taking care of the ball, rebounding better, and transition defense, we’ll be a scary team to play against. But it’s still early in the season, so I have no doubt we’ll figure it out real soon.”

-Dionte Raines #4

Photo Credit: Britney Nickle VP of Operations

On Saturday, the team headed to Louisville, KY to play the Derby City Distillers. With a loss at home against Derby City on March 1st, the team was ready to show the improvement made since. The game was hosted at Marion C. Moore School. Tip off at 7:05pm.

The first quarter ended at 32 Leprechauns to 28 Distillers. #1 Zavier Turner with 14 points in the first. #11 Ron Washington and #7 Eron Harris each put up 10 points.

In the Second, #13 Joe Retic and #11 both put up 12 points each. The second quarter ended with the score at 57 Leprechauns 58 Distillers.

In the third, #7 Eron Harris scored 13 points for the Leprechauns. Third quarter ended with the score at 92 Leprechauns to 100 Distillers.

In the fourth, #11 Ron Washington scored 11 points. Final Score was 119 Leprechauns to 127 Distillers.

Video Credit: Britney Nickle VP of Operations

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