Eagles to refocus on break

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Purdy's Tyler Keeler forces up a shot after being fouled during varsity action against Miller. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Team still searching for right consistency, balance

Purdy boys basketball Coach Tommy Egan had an unusually long postgame meeting with his Eagles squad after a 67-61 loss to Miller.

Normally, Egan is short, to the point and tells the boys that when they watch film they will see what he saw.

This speech was different.

Egan told his team that close losses are not good enough.

"We aren't the biggest team by any stretch of the imagination," Egan said. "Rebounding will be an issue all year. I can live with that.

"What I can't live with is giving less than 100 percent. We can't afford to give other teams any other advantages."

Purdy's effort against Miller was a perfect example of what Egan was talking about.

The Eagles played great in the first half. They attacked, hit shots and took a 29-28 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was a different animal. Purdy's first bucket didn't come until the 1:58 mark of the period, and while staring a 13-point deficit in the face.

Purdy battled back in the fourth quarter and managed to cut the gap to 2 points with 2:39 left in the game but could draw no closer.

"We let our guard down just for a moment and Miller made a run," Egan said. "We have got to play four solid quarters to win."

According to Egan, the Eagles have the piece to be a good team, the key is getting the puzzle pieces to fit together.

"That is what we are going to spend the holiday break working on," Egan said. "We'll get there. It just takes longer than you want it too."

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