“I don’t know if it was coming back from that tournament in Texas or if we thought we were better than we are, but we came out flat,” Merritt said of the Southmoore game. “But they figured it out and gutted it out, and it was a good win for us.”
There’s inexperience on both rosters. The Tigers have just two players back who logged regular varsity minutes a year ago, while North has a number of sophomores and a freshman in the rotation. It will be the first Crosstown Clash experience for many of the players on the court.
It also will be Merritt’s first trip to the Clash. But, while it may not be any other game, his approach to it with his team will be the same.
“We’ve got to do the same things we’ve got to do in any other game: play defense, rebound, push the ball and play harder than the other team,” he said. “If you do those four things, it doesn’t matter if it’s the Crosstown Clash, the state semifinals or a middle school game, you’ll have something to hang your hat on.”
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