Wednesday, April 23, 2014
AUGUSTA -- The Valley boys basketball team struggled in the first quarter of their Western D regional quarterfinal win over North Haven, but the early morning start time (the game tipped off at 8:30 a.m.) was nothing new for the Cavaliers.
During the Christmas break, the Cavaliers practiced at 9 a.m.
Cavaliers coach Wade Morrill pointed out that the Cavaliers played much better in the second quarter, which started ... sometime around 9 a.m.
"It probably started around 10 minutes of 9," Morrill said. "I think the boys are pretty much used to that and 9 a.m. is usually when these boys get going."
The Cavaliers will play in the regional semifinals, which start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, which Morrill thinks will help.
Valley traveled to Augusta on Saturday morning. The trip from Bingham to Augusta took about an hour, players said.
"8:30 came pretty early, but it wasn't too bad," guard Caleb Wade said.Tweet
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