LONG CREEK – The Long Creek/Ukiah boys had to forfeit last Friday’s game to Mitchell/Spray due to one team member playing one too many quarters in a junior varsity game.

The problem arose as colds and illness hit the team.

Coach Daniel Johnson said that forced them to shuffle some players around for a full junior varsity squad, and they realized their mistake too late.

Despite that setback, he sees his team improving.

“We have the talent to compete with any team in the league, but we are just now getting to the point where we are comfortable playing basketball with each other,” he said.

“It has been fun to see the improvement from the beginning of the season, when we just threw a bunch of guys together from all different countries and told them to play ball together, to now where they are starting to look and act like one team,” he said. “I think if we can take care of the ball and make our layups we will do well in the next couple weeks of games.”

The girls had a slow start against the Eagle-Loggers on Friday and they lost 28-41.

“We were able to pick up the pace and be more aggressive both on the defensive end and offensive end,” he said. “They are moving the ball around more and looking for more open shots which they are not afraid to take.”

The team still struggles to take of the ball while passing which leads to turnovers, he said, but added the team has “improved immensely, and you can see their confidence growing with each practice and game.”

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