Mauldin High boys basketball coach Jeff Harrelson said one problem has plagued his team more than any other this season.
“Our biggest issue this year has been consistency,” Harrelson said. “Being young and inexperienced, we haven’t been consistent.”
Mauldin was 4-15, including 1-8 in Region 2-AAAA, following Friday’s 80-58 loss at home to Boiling Springs.
“I will argue with anyone our region is the toughest one in the state in Class AAAA,” Harrelson said. “You have to be consistent.”
On the defensive side, Harrelson said the Mavericks need to play together with everybody helping out. Getting the Mavericks to play hard every game is what Harrelson said he works on in practice.
“We are still trying to teach them that you have to play hard at all times and practice hard at all times,” Harrelson said. “We will continue to do that these last couple of weeks and in the offseason.”
Harrelson said the Mavericks play better on the road than at home. Mauldin trailed by a one point in the fourth quarter at Gaffney. At Spartanburg, Mauldin had an opportunity to send the game to overtime. At Boiling Springs, the Mavericks lost by four points.
“It’s crazy. We have played much better on the road than we have at home, which is odd,” Harrelson said.
Senior C.J. Thomas has picked it up offensively, Harrelson said, while the most consistent Maverick all season has been freshman Tay Mangle, a 6-foot wing.
The Mavericks are in the midst of a busy week. After a makeup game at home against Gaffney on Monday and a home game against Spartanburg on Tuesday, Mauldin travels to Byrnes on Friday.
Next week, Mauldin will play at Wade Hampton Tuesday and wrap up the season at home Friday against Riverside.