Effort not there in ugly Gav loss

Gavilan men’s basketball coach Chris Shoemaker didn’t mince
words when asked to describe his team’s 72-54 loss at Monterey
Peninsula College Friday night.
Gavilan men’s basketball coach Chris Shoemaker didn’t mince words when asked to describe his team’s 72-54 loss at Monterey Peninsula College Friday night.

“We were horrible,” he said with a sigh. “That’s the best way to describe it. We came out with no energy whatsoever.”

The Rams, who were led by Brock Sandgroth (12 pts.) and Scott McLeod (10 pts.), simply looked nothing like they did in November, when they beat MPC in the teams’ first meeting.

“The difference was the energy level,” Shoemaker said. “The first time, we played the entire 40 minutes and gave it the max effort.

“Tonight we just looked drained. And we’re not good enough to beat anybody when we play that way. We can’t afford to have another one of those.”

Shoemaker said his players, who found themselves down 43-21 by halftime, might have still been feeling the effects of Wednesday’s 88-80 overtime loss to an athletic San Jose City team.

“But there are definitely no excuses,” he quickly added. “We have to be ready to play at all times.”

Suffice to say, the Rams (8-9 overall, 0-2 league) will be ready to play Wednesday when they host rival Hartnell at 7:30pm.

“We’ll get in some good practices and we’ll be much better,” Shoemaker said. “The guys will play well next week – there’s no doubt in my mind.”

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