Bobcat pressure too much for Gators

Baker boys basketeball

Baker's Josh Hartzog goes high in the air as he attempts to block a shot by Paxton's William Anderson on Monday in Paxton.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 15:46 PM.

PAXTON — Baker boys basketball coach Mike Martello said it wasn’t Paxton’s pressure defense that hurt the Gators as they took on the Bobcats on Monday.

Although Paxton did us an unrelenting press that seemed to expose some of the Gator weaknesses, Martello believed the Gators were their own worst enemies.

“We are a better basketball team than that,” he said. “We missed some easy shots and made some mental errors early on and got down early. And that made everything worse after that.

“I don’t think their pressure did that much to us, but it was just our mental mistakes.”

Whether it was the Bobcat pressure or the Gators playing poorly, the end result was the same as Paxton beat Baker 68-40.

Paxton coach Jeff Bradley said this is a new style of play for the Bobcats who, in the past, have relied on big men in the middle to lead the way.

“This is a new style for us,” he said. “We haven’t played this way since I’ve been here, but we are so guard oriented and we’ve got some of the best shooters I’ve had as a group.



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