Gators drop two games in tournament, but remain optimistic

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Spring Creek may have dropped its first two games in the FCA Winter Classic, but coach Taylor Jones says he is encouraged by the way his guys responded to the challenges.

On day one, the Gators had the task of playing Wayne Country Day to open up the tournament. Wayne Country Day opened up the game outscoring Spring Creek 31-15 in the first quarter. The Gators went on to score 26 in the next two quarters while Wayne Country Day went on to score 43. Giving up only 9 points to Spring Creek while scoring 18 points of their own in the fourth, the Chargers opened up tournament play with a 92-50 win over Spring Creek.

The following night, the Gators faced off against Parrott Academy in an even matchup. Just to show how close the matchup was, the Patriots held a narrow 1-point lead at the end of the first eight-minute stanza.

In the second quarter, things began to open up for Parrott as the team outscored Spring Creek 16-7. That second quarter would show itself to be costly for the Gators as they outscored Parrott in the second half but due to the separation, the Gators were handed their second straight loss of the tournament with a 52-44 defeat.

But Spring Creek played its best ball of the season with a 75-48 win over Community Christian on day three.

“I thought the tournament was great for our guys. I thought we played well all three days despite the results day one and two,” said Jones. “We are tough and a very together team who cares about each other and plays very hard for each other. I couldn’t be prouder of my guys and how they responded to adversity. Hopefully, this will help us as we move forward. We play a very difficult conference slate coming up but we make no excuses. We will take a little time off to heal and get ready for the challenges ahead.”

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