Coach: Gator middle school players learning teamwork

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Colton Farris brings the ball into the frontcourt for Baker’s middle school basketball team.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

CRESTVIEW — June meant non-stop basketball for Baker School’s middle school boys team.

If the Gators weren't playing the Monday night league at Shoal River Middle School, they were on the road at Central or Laurel Hill. They even managed a few home games.

All that experience is useful.

"We get the fundamentals that are important all the way through high school,” Gator coach Andy Valmus said. “And the more they play, the better they get because there is no experience like game experience.

"It is the first time for some of them being on a team, and one of the things we learn is how to handle adversity. There is always going to be adversity in every game and in life. How they adjust to that adversity is important."

The Gators improved from the start of June to the end of the month, Valmus said. 

"You can tell they are getting used to the offense, playing zone defense and playing as a team,” he said.

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