North Side boy's basketball coach Shabaz Khaliq spoke with The News-Sentinel following the Redskins' victory at Carroll on Friday.
On balancing out what to show against a potential sectional opponent:
There were some things we worked on in practice that we obviously want to do in sectionals. But until you try them in the game you don’t know if they are going to work. For the most part, we liked what we saw, but at the same time (Carroll coach Marty Beasley) is a great coach, so I know if we see them in the sectional, he will be well-prepared for that stuff.
On his team’s ability to not be selfish:
We went up to South Bend Washington (last Saturday) and were 11-of-19 in the first half from three. That is great, but at the same time we don’t want to fall in love with it. We are a good shooting team every time we make the extra pass.
On not letting up for four quarters:
We cannot allow teams to creep back into games because teams are too good in our sectional. We have to keep our foot on the gas and continue to play hard and not rely so much on the 3-ball. Once we establish the 3, we have to pound the ball inside.
On the differing styles of play in sectionals:
In sectionals, if the game is a possession game, defense is going to win the game. If it’s a multiple-possession game, I like our chances against anybody, but if it’s a low-possession game, we’ve got to get better in the half-court set. We have to get better offensively at executing in half-court and not relying on our transition scoring.