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Published 11:40am Thursday, December 26, 2013

Before Friday night’s 45-26 victory over LAMP, the Holtville (2-9) boys basketball team had lost five consecutive games, all by six points or less.
With a handful of plays being the difference between a 2-9 and 7-4 record, head coach Cortes Mitchell said his guys remained confident, even though they came out on the wrong end five straight contests.

Tekel Bozeman drives to the basket versus Elmore County last Thursday. Photo by Cory Diaz
Tekel Bozeman drives to the basket versus Elmore County last Thursday. Photo by Cory Diaz

“I think it gave us a confidence boost, that we could play with anyone,” Mitchell said. “You’re talking about one play away from a different outcome of those ballgames. I think they played with more confidence and played with more enthusiasm.”
Mitchell said he and his Bulldogs changed their approach to the game, slowing the game down and letting the game come to them. Couple that with enthusiastic play, and Holtville snapped its five-game losing streak.
“The kids played really hard,” the coach said. “Now, we’re playing better basketball. Every player factored in some points, it was a total team effort. It was good to get a win before the holidays.
“We started out (this season) kind of run-and-gun, but we’ve slowed the ballgame down, letting it come to us and starting playing better basketball. We’ve eliminated so many turnovers.”
Mitchell lauded the play and leadership of senior Tekel Bozeman
“He really steps up and goes hard every play. He takes the road of if the game’s on the line, he wants the ball. And we need that.”
Holtville returns to action in the Reeltown Christmas Invitational Tournament, squaring off with the host team Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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