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In his words: Homestead coach Chris Johnson talks on win over Snider

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Spartan coach 'excited' for post-season play

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 12:54 am

Homestead boys basketball coach Chris Johnson spoke with The News-Sentinel following the Spartans' victory over Snider on Friday.

On the switch to zone defense:

“Well, we wanted ot mix it up a little bit. I thought they were very quick. When we went to man a little bit they were able to get to the basket more than what I was hoping for them to get. So, we went into a 2-3 and a 3-2 zone just to try to make them shoot some jump shots. First half, they were hitting a lot of shots, but I thought our defense got a little bit better the second half, and we were able to pull away.

On the game’s fast pace:

“(I) know we are going to shoot the basketball. We want to get up and down with teams but the problem is we want teams to defend a little bit. We don’t want to get into the run-and-gun with them, we want to take high percentage shots.”

On responding to Snider’s runs:

“Well, we needed to get the lead, I thought. Most of the game we had that lead and they took a one or two points lead, and we took it back right away but overall I was pleased the way our kids played. Offensively, I’m not concerned. It’s a matter of if we can stop people. I thought we did a lot better in the second half of finding the shooters than we did in the first half.”

On how he feels about his team with sectionals starting in 10 days:

“We got a good group of kids. I’m excited. … We’ve got to better on the defensive end still, I think we give up way too many points, but hopefully we’ve got a week to get ourselves better before we play that sectional.”