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Second half is a tough one for Bucs
KINGSTON Aaron Lawrence has Davids size and Goliaths heart and it shows on the basketball court. The Kingston High Schools varsity boys basketball player, all 5 feet, 5 inches of him, managed to sink 18 points during the Buccaneers home 86-48 loss to Fife (Tacoma) on Jan. 8.
And yes, he always plays like that.
The game was close at the half, with the Bucs leading 31-30. In the second half, the Fife Trojans dominated, outscoring them 56 to 17.
Its been a rocky first year for the Bucs, who have started with a 0-8 record and are still searching for that first elusive win. For now, Coach Tim Olson is satisfied with his teams continuous progress. He saw major headway in what he described as a really intense practice prior to the game.
Were just beginning to understand the roles on the team. Were struggling with consistency, he said.
He thinks the key to their first victory will be playing strong until the last buzzer.
Its a 32-minute game. We played well for 16 minutes, he said.
It will also help matters to have senior guard Jack Clearman back on the court. Clearman had to sit out a majority of Tuesday nights game with an ice pack on his hand. Clearman, whos been battling a thumb injury all year, started the game, but his thumb was bothering him so badly that he had to be benched after scoring only three points.
Hes taking things day-to-day, Olson said.
While the Bucs are still struggling to find their groove on the court, there is one area that theyve got down pat: they play with heart.
Ive never once questioned their intensity or heart. I know theyre giving me everything theyve got, Olson said.
Lawrence is a prime example of a player with heart.
He plays a lot bigger than he is, Olson said of the scrappy sophomore. He has the heart of a lion.
Lawrence doesnt see his height as a disadvantage on the court. To him, theres no difference between him and the Fife players, no matter the shortest Fife player on the roster towered a full six inches above Lawrence.
I just come out ready to play. I play as if all people are as small as me, he said.
On the other hand, being smaller does lend a certain stealth quality Lawrence readily takes advantage of.
I can weave through people easier, he said.