Irish boys try to end losing streak with 'never give up' attitude

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It’s been a long February for the Irish boys basketball team, as they have lost several games in a row, many of which were just a few shots short of victory. Tuesday, the Irish traveled to Holdingford to, hopefully, come away with a much-needed conference win against a team they had beaten earlier this season 62-53. They had an opportunity to get a win and move on with confidence, but fell 78-67. The Irish had to play a smarter, not harder, game on offense to ensure they got high-quality shots. The shots just haven’t fallen for the Irish lately, but even more concerning might be the fact that defensively they had given up 70 or more points in their last two games. Early in the first half things were not looking up for the Irish, as the Huskers came out in control. Digging themselves into a 17-point hole, the Irish had to scratch and claw their way back into a reasonable margin. At halftime they managed to get within 10 points, but lacked confidence, knowing that they could have played a better first half. The Irish offensively didn’t necessarily have a bad first half shooting 47 percent, however, shot selection and turnovers caused turmoil for the team’s offensive efforts. On defens,e nothing was clicking, as they allowed Holdingford easy shots to which they took advantage, shooting 58 percent in the first half. In the second half the Irish battled their way back to within five points and started making a few more timely shots, but that was as close as they would get.
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