Updated Wed, Jan 1, 2014 4:41 pm
Prior to tipping off the season against Nelsonville-York, confidence was abundant throughout the Federal Hocking boys team. Seven games into the season, the defending TVC-Hocking champs find themselves in sixth place with a 2-5 record and coming off of a 48-31 loss to Alexander.
Fed Hock’s 31 points is the lowest single-game total so far this season. Assistant Coach Jeremy Tolson said his squad needs to play at a higher level on both ends of the court.
“We didn’t play very good defense and didn’t execute very well on offense. We had a very poor game,” said Tolson.
Tolson noted that starting 2-5 has definitely affected the players, but the team could have a winning record, had they executed on the minor details. According to Tolson, the team hasn’t lost any confidence; they just can’t find it at the moment.
“I think we still have the confidence there, but it has definitely hurt,” said Tolson.
To this point, the Lancers have only hosted two games in Stewart. Tolson admitted that while playing at home is nicer, it should not justify poor play.
“I still think it comes down to the execution. I don’t think it really matters what court you’re on,” said Tolson.
The Lancers continue their road stretch at Eastern (0-7) on Jan. 3. Despite Eastern’s win total and Fed Hock’s place in the standings, Tolson said that practice will continue to be business as usual.
“Just because we’re 2-5 doesn’t mean we are out of anything,” said Tolson. “If we get the things done that need to be done, we can turn this thing around.”