The Aloha Warriors boys basketball team improved to 4-2 this season with a 48-45 win over Sherwood Tuesday night.
Steven Boswell led the Warriors with 24 points, including 17 of Aloha’s 23 first-half points. The Warriors fell behind early, but a defensive switch to zone slowed Sherwood’s offense down. Aloha led by 11 in the first quarter, but Sherwood had a game-tying three-point attempt in the final 20 seconds. The shot fell short and the Warriors came out with the win.
Head coach Jeff Bair attributed the win to his team’s current strengths: Defense and inside play.
1.) How do you think your team played tonight?
“I thought they played with a lot of grit, with a lot of determination. They won it pretty much on the defensive end.”
2.) Sherwood wasn’t able to get many good shots once you went to the zone.
“We have a lot of length. We had some kids that came in and really stepped up. I thought Shane Sullivan came in and really played incredible big minutes.”
3.) How about the play of Steven Boswell?
“Steven is just playing remarkably well.”
4.) He can score inside and outside. What’s it like having a threat like him on the offensive end?
“He’s phenomenal. It’s not so much what his skills are, but he’s very intelligent. He’s like a 4.3 student. He can make adjustments on the floor.”
5.) What adjustment did you make to go on a 29-13 run after trailing 12-4?
“We went to the zone. Simple as that.”
6.) Your team had the 11-point lead in the fourth quarter , then Sherwood was making comeback. What did you tell your team during that stretch?
“Get the ball inside. We started to play not to lose. We got tentative. We have to get better at that.”
7.) What do you think will be the biggest strength of your team?
“I’m hoping it’s chemistry. I would say right now it’s defense and our inside play.”
8.) What are you most focused on improving?
“We got to be able to handle the pressure. That last four minutes when they went to the 1-3-1, 1-2-2 half-court trap, we got to be able to handle that.”
9.) What do you expect from your team as they get closer to Metro League play?
“Hopefully we just continue to improve.”
The Warriors will get another opportunity to improve when they host Barlow Friday night at 7:15 p.m.
Check out photos from the game!