Coach Krombeen commented:
“We were limited on bodies tonight, with 5 guys out, but I thought our energy defensively was our best of the year. We got off to another slow start, down 12-7, but our bench came in and completely changed the game defensively. Zac Yorke, Clayton Roberts and Melvin Frazier knew they had a chance to get big minutes tonight off the bench, and they took advantage. From 16 minutes left in the first half to 16 minutes left in the second half, a 20-minute span, we allowed 14 points defensively, unquestionably our best defensive effort of the season. There’s no doubt that we can play like this down the stretch, the question is, will we finally take the step to want to be a defensive team, will we take more pride in shutting other teams down rather than pride in scoring buckets? Our energy in practices the rest of the week will dictate that”
Coach Krombeen added:
“The biggest sign of commitment and improvement today came when Carson Whipple, on the bench, yelled sternly out to Keys Omari after a teammate got knocked to the ground, "Keys (who was on the opposite side of the court from the teammate on the ground), you’re teammate just got knocked down, go help him up". Keys, instead of giving him a bad look, gave him a thumbs up, ran over and helped up his teammate. That little thing to many, was huge in my eyes. It was a sign of this team becoming one”.