Watson looking for team to pick it up going into the playoffs
Head Coach for the Mailboat Cybots, Wayde Watson, left the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium this past Saturday night disappointed with the way his squad is playing in the New Providence Basketball Association(NPBA). Even though the Cybots improved on their win/loss record, with a 104-92 win over the PJ Swingers, Watson said the cohesiveness is still not there, and as a result, the team is not playing as a unit.
“I have been trying to instill in the guys for so many years the importance of teamwork,” said Watson.”The reason we are having so many disturbances this year is because we have more of an All-Star team, so everyone wants to be superstar. I don’t see them playing with passion anymore. Yes, we are one of the more prolific and stronger teams in the league, but that doesn’t mean we should stop playing. I don’t see any team beating us if we play together as a unit. We just have to create that cohesiveness. That is important if we want to move on,” he added.
Watson is hoping to clean things up and make a strong push toward the playoffs which starts in about two weeks. The slow start on the offensive and defensive ends that his team is accustomed to getting, is one of the key things Watson is looking to correct. He also wants his big men to become more involved in the game.
Stepping up big in Saturday night’s game for the Cybots were Jeffrey Henfield, Jackson Jacobs and Billy Sands. Watson applauded their efforts for carrying the team to victory but knows that the trio will have to play extra hard to avoid the scoring slump that they had in the third quarter.
“We need to step it up a bit more,”said Watson.”The team is too experienced to be having those kind of lapses that we had in the third quarter. I wasn’t pleased with the way we started the game or the third quarter, but we finished strong in the fourth. We went to the man-to-man defense and that helped us a lot.”
The Cybots currently sit in second in the Vince Ferguson Division with a 9-5 win/loss record. They are two games behind The Real Deal Shockers, which stands at 10-4. The Phil’s Rockets and the Arnold Forbes’Pros are third and fourth respectively. In the John Archer Division, the Commonwealth Bank Giants are 11-0. They are followed by the PJ Stingers with a 6-6 record. Both the Police Crimestoppers and the Y’Cares Wreckers are 6-4 on the season.
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