Hed: Elma boys get first game nerves out at jamboree
By Brendan Carl
The first game of the season is usually full of mistakes as players battle nerves and on
Saturday the Elma High School boys basketball team had a chance to get those nerves out
of the way without affecting their record for the season at the Centralia Jamboree.
The Eagles played one quarter against Centralia and W.F. West of Chehalis. Elma lost to
Centralia 26-14 and came up short against W.F. West 22-15.
“Overall we were pleased with the effort we just have to get better on executing and
managing the game play,” coach Marvin Prince said. “It was good to get that first game
anxiety out of the way and get a chance to hopefully correct some of those things that we
need to work on.”
Elma will begin the season officially on Dec. 11 at Aberdeen, but the game against the
Bobcats will be the only contest before the Eagles begin Evergreen League play against
Forks on Dec. 13. Prince said the jamboree was key to gauging where the Eagles are
going into the season. While he was happy with the team’s play, Prince said Elma needs
to work on being patient and poised.
“It comes down to understanding the situations in the game of basketball,” Prince said.
“The time to push, the time not to push and being able to stay composed and poised in
situations. Going back to the old Wooden theory, ‘Be quick, but don’t hurry,’ If we can
do that and read the situations we will do just fine. We do it in practice, we just have to
transfer it over to a game. The kids are antsy. They want to get playing and that is the
cool part about it is they are excited about playing.”