NEW BRITAIN - After its latest loss, the Innovation boys basketball team was left speechless.
In a 66-47 loss to neighboring Goodwin Tech on Friday night, Innovation was held to just 28 points through three quarters.
Only in the final eight minutes were the Ravens able to score consistetly, against the Gladiators’ backups.
“Every single facet of the game they just completely dominated and outplayed us,” Innovation head coach Matthew Lance said. “Everything. Defensive, rebounding, passing, communication. They just 100 percent took it to us right from the beginning.”
As a team heading to the postseason for the first time later this month, Innovation knows it will have to learn from its performance.
“We can’t simply forget and move on from this game,” Lance said. “Yes, we don’t want to dwell on it, but we can not forget what it felt like and what we didn’t do well enough to put ourselves in the position not to win.”
As the Ravens prepare for their next game, they will need to work on keeping their intensity up throughout all four quarters of each contest.
“We came out extremely slow and soft,” senior Daequan Henderson said. “We didn’t play as intensive as we’ve played in the past. We were just all off. I know we could have done better. We have to come out faster, stronger and just have more energy. We have to be ready to play.”
Aside from bringing energy to the court, the Ravens need work on rebounding the ball.
“They out-rebounded us a lot,” Henderson said. “And that just isn’t us. When it comes to rebounding we have to do a lot better. Those can be easy buckets for us.”
As a senior, Henderson has high goals not only for himself, but his team as the season winds down. One of Henderson’s main goals is to be a better role model for the Ravens as they head into the CRAL Championships next week.
“I’m not a starter. I just started getting off the bench a little bit toward the middle of the season,” Henderson said. “But whenever we’re down, I want to be able to bring my team up. I want to be able to get my team loud, so loud that when the coaches are calling out plays no one can hear them. I just want to be that leader that steps up and helps everyone do better.”
As the Ravens tune up for their conference semifinal game against Aerospace, they will be aiming to work toward the success they enjoyed throughout the regular season.
“We need to 100 percent learn and try to move forward to try to reach the goals we said we wanted to reach as a team,” Lance said. “Are we going to be able to work to get back to that 12-7 team before Friday’s game, or are we going to fall into the habits that we saw against Goodwin Tech?”
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