The Pius X Boys Basketball team battled Elkhorn on Tuesday night at Flavin Gym.
Head basketball coach Brian Spicka commented on what the team needed to do to defeat Elkhorn.
“I feel as if we need to get out to a fast start and punish them [Elkhorn] for any mistakes that they make,” Spicka said. “We need to go out onto that hardwood and play some really good defense.”
Pius X started the game on Tuesday night 4/4 from the three-point line and carried the early lead all the way to the end of the game with a final score of 62-43.
“Every good offensive possession starts with a great defensive possession. Whether that means getting a steal, block, or just forcing a team to take bad shots,” Spicka said.
Senior guard Kolbe Rada explained how he stay out of his own head when it comes to hot starts during games.
“When you start off like we did tonight, it can be kind of hard to not start chucking up shots until they don’t fall anymore,” Rada said. “The last two weeks we’ve been focusing on taking good shots. Whether those shots come on the second pass of the possession, or the 15th pass of the possession, we trust each other to take good shots.”
Elkhorn went on a run toward the end of the third quarter, cutting the Thunderbolt lead to 10 points.
“This game was a series of runs,” Rada said. “We made a run, they made a run. And what matters most during these games is who can sustain the biggest runs.”
Coming off the A Street rivalry game against Lincoln East, Spicka talked about how big of a win a rivalry game is for a team.
“That win was a big confidence boost for the guys,” Spicka said. “We came out with an intensity that I love to see from a team that sells so well like us.”
The Thunderbolts conclude their home schedule against Fremont on Friday during senior night at Bishop Flavin Gym.