The Port Clinton Redskins boys’ basketball team started out like a house on fire last Friday night in their final home game of the year against Sandusky St. Mary’s. And just as suddenly went ice cold in the fourth quarter in a 43-35 loss to the Panthers.
“I felt we had a real chance to break the game wide open in the first half, but we could not take advantage of it,” said PC Coach Troy Diels when his team took a double-digit lead. “They were not in any kind of offensive flow and they were struggling from the free throw line. But we could not open it up. We played a decent third quarter but then scored only 2 points in the fourth. It is hard to win many games scoring only two points in the fourth.”
Thanks to a quirk in the schedule, the Redskins have seen the last of their home court for 2012. There are four remaining games on the regular season schedule and all four on the road.
“It is just how the schedule works out. Everyone has to play 10 home games and 10 road games and it is just happened that we played most of our home games in the first part of the year,” said Diels. “It won’t be easy but I think it gives our kids, especially the younger ones, great experience moving forward.”
They start out this Friday night taking on SBC title holder, Perkins.
“They are very good” said Coach Diels, in the understatement of the season. “They have a solid post player Michael Ebert and a lot of good guards around him. Their only loss on the season came to unbeaten Norwalk, so that tells you how good they are.”
It now appears that Jason Faust will join Aaron Mier on the sideline for the remainder of the season with his Achilles injury.
“I’m not really hopeful about getting them back this year,” said Diels.
This year, the Redskins will go to Oregon Clay High School for their Sectional tournament play. The PC coaches go there on Sunday afternoon for the Tournament draw.