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Elma loses in jamboree

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.”

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