- Special Sections
- Public Notices
The Eminence Warriors would probably just as soon forget their trip to Richmond on Saturday to take on the Richmond Model Patriots. The Warriors were without leading scorer Jalen Dixie, who is serving a two-game suspension for his ejection in the Henry County game, and DeMarcus Bailey who sprained his ankle in practice on Thursday night.
Add to that what Coach Chris Nethery described as a lack of effort and poor shooting and you have a recipe for a blowout loss, which is what happened to the Warriors as they fell to the Patriots 60-31.
The Patriots jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and never were threatened by the Warriors.
At halftime the Warriors trailed 32-11 after scoring just five points in the second period.
“In the first half we left 28 points in layups off the board. We had opportunities to be in the game and didn’t take advantage of it.”
The third period got no better for the Warriors as they were outscored 22-8.
“I didn’t like the effort we got,” Nethery said. “I thought we were past this in this program. I didn’t really expect a letdown after the Henry game. Jalen and DeMarcus were out, but that doesn’t affect your effort level.”
“They outrebounded us and that is with us having several multiple rebound possessions where we failed to score. They had 14 offensive rebounds. We turned the ball over repeatedly. We made simple mistakes all night. They played multiple defenses and we played right into what they wanted us to do. It was just not a strong effort overall.”
The Warriors made only four of 25 two-point field goal attempts for the game and six of 21 three-pointers. They hit five of 11 free throws and committed 21 turnovers.
Nethery substituted early and often while trying to find a combination that worked but nothing seemed to get the team going.
“We did have a couple of freshmen come in and play well and give a good effort and that’s about all we can say about it,” Nethery said.