A step backward

Sloppy Mustangs trip up at Palma
Gilroy boys’ basketball coach Bud Ogden was encouraged after last week’s loss to league favorite Hollister – a game in which the Mustangs led for much of the way.

After Wednesday’s ugly 39-34 loss at Palma?

Not so encouraged.

“Last week we took two steps forward,” Ogden said. “Tonight we took three steps back.

“It’s hard to believe we could play so well, and then not be able to execute a week later.”

The Mustangs (11-9/0-2) scored just six points in the first quarter and three in the last. Only a lone trey in the fourth quarter enabled Gilroy from avoiding the dreaded goose egg.

“We played crappy,” he said. “Over 20 turnovers, pressed out of our offense, outrebounded … awful, and we still only lost by four.”

And Gilroy, which was tied at the half and led by five in the third, had its chances against Palma (11-6/1-1).

Despite being whistled for nearly four times as many fouls in the second half – the ‘Stangs hit 5-of-10 free-throws for the game, while the Chieftains were 14-of-18 – GHS trailed by just three with around 15 seconds to go.

The ‘Stangs never got off an attempt, though.

For the second time in the final minutes, Gilroy committed an inbounds-violation. The first time it was for moving too far along the baseline. The last one was for stepping over the line.

According to Ogden, Jeremy Teschera (team-high 10 pts.) and Calvin Kretz (two 3s) were the team’s only bright spots.

“Poor Calvin’s back must be sore from carrying this team again and again,” the second-year coach said. “He’s got all the guts in the world. We’ve just got to find him some help.”

They better find it quick.

The Mustangs face a stiff challenge in trying to avoid an 0-3 league start. On Wednesday night, they hit the road to face North Salinas, a fast-paced, run-and-gun team coming off a shocking 75-68 win over Hollister.

“They don’t exactly play our style,” Ogden said. “We’re gonna have to find a way to slow them down … if that’s at all possible.”

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