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Wildcats fall to Marbury in area slate opener, 83-70

Published 3:56pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Things aren’t going too well for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats boys basketball team these days.
After roaring out to a 9-0 start, the ‘Cats are currently on a four-game skid, with their most recent setback coming against Marbury in area play.
BRHS (9-4, 0-1 in area) lost 83-70.
“We’ve lost our identity a little bit,” boys basketball coach Jeff Hines said. “That’s directly on me and not on the players. We’re not playing as hard as we were prior to (the losing streak). We have to go back to what we were doing well.”
Q. Johnson led the team with 20 points and nine boards. Tyrik Norris chipped in 18 points with six rebounds and five assists.
The Wildcats were overwhelmed in the first half, as the Bulldogs headed into the intermission up 45-26.
Hines said slow starts have been one of the main culprits during the team’s current skid.
“We’ve really been struggling in the first half,” Hines said. “But we’re just not playing well right now. I don’t know how else to put it.”
While the team has been without injured guard Ronnie Stacy for the past five games, Hines said his absence is not the sole reason for the team’s struggles.
“That hurts some,” Hines said of Stacy’s absence. “But we have to go with what we got. We’re making no excuses. The guys understand that no matter who we play, we have to play with our A-game. Since the game versus Childersburg, which we won at the buzzer, we haven’t brought our A-game. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it’s my job to find out.”
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, when they take on Valley in their area home opener.
BRHS was scheduled to play Booker T. Washington on Tuesday, but that game has been rescheduled.

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