Terriers finish second at basketball tournament

The Moore Haven Terriers basketball team placed second in an off-season tournament.

The Moore Haven Terriers basketball team placed second in an off-season tournament.

Moore Haven Coach Chad Pio continues to work hard to improve the boys’ basketball program at Moore Haven Junior Senior High School.

The team has been busy in the off season travelling to both coasts in Florida for tournaments. Last week in Okeechobee the Terriers had a strong tournament as they finished in second place, losing to the champions, Okeechobee.

Included in the strong performance was two wins over the Sebring Blue Streaks, once in overtime.

Pio said the off season has gone well as the team travels around Florida. He said the time is best spent for team bonding and chemistry, “We have a couple of new guys on the team and we want to get a feel for each other and make sure we get done what we need to get done.”

Moore Haven was glad to have a tournament so close by. Usually they drive 100 miles or more to compete in these off season tournaments.

Pio said it really is no longer an option. High school teams must put in a lot of time to compete, “It’s almost a 365 day thing anymore, any sport and basketball is no different. We are in the gym quite often just trying to get better.”

Pio said in the early games of the Okeechobee Battle of the Lake Tournament his team was just standing around watching each other play. Once they started to play together, the results started to come.

“We started to execute better and play team basketball. I feel the program is headed in the right direction. The kids have a positive attitude. I can never complain about how hard they hustle. Effort is a key ingredient for us.”

One shot in the arm for the team is transfer student Michael Lopez who scored in double figures in all of the team’s victories. Pio said Lopez can also make free throws at the end of games which is a big factor for a point guard.

“We want the ball in his hands at the end of games. The players know who to get the ball to. He’s a clutch free throw shooter and we know he can make shots for us. He is definitely going to help us out tremendously this season,” he added.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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