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By Jack H. Smith
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Trojans bounce back


February 8, 2017

Jack H. Smith

Braden Larsen takes it to the hole against Manhattan

Following last Thursday nights 65-60 loss at Manhattan, Whitehall High School boys basketball coach Zach McLean shared a message with his team. He wants them to get back to doing the small things better.

The loss to the Tigers was the Trojans second consecutive set back after winning 12 in a row. McLean said both Manhattan and Three Forks out worked Whitehall.

"We just didn't have the energy that we needed to win games. They outworked us for all the loose balls and rebounds. The message we are trying to send is don't let anyone out work you. Make them earn it. Don't let them dictate the way we want to play," he said.

The team responded to their coaches message, and two nights later came out of the gates roaring on their way to a 68-28 win over Gardiner.

"Saturday night we responded really well. The guys played hard. That's what we can control night in and night out is our effort. They came together and played hard for each other," McLean said.

This Friday, Whitehall (13-3) will wrap up their regular season when they host Townsend. A special senior night ceremony will take place before the game for Braden Larsen, Jake Flynn, Andrew Simon, and Colton Noyes.

"What a privilege it has been to coach these four seniors. They are just great young men. These four represent what we want in our program team first guys. These four years have flew by and I have enjoyed every second and I'm going to cherish these next few weeks with these guys," McLean said.


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