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January 17, 2013

Youth-laden T-Wolves trying to turn a corner

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“It’s kind of a chicken-and-egg situation where you have to have the confidence that you can get it done, but you have to do it to get that confidence,” Roberts said. “They just have to find a way to get it done. When they do, I think they’ll turn a corner. But you can’t just flip that switch.”

The T-Wolves have come a long way from just a few months ago. Roberts praises how well his team has begun to share the ball and steadily improve its transition defense. But there are still several areas that must improve, with defensive rebounding sitting atop that list.

One T-Wolves player has a unique perspective. Senior Blake Knighton, who has seen both highly successful season as well as last year’s disappointing 4-20 campaign, is doing his best to fill a leadership role and provide a steady hand for his younger teammates to look to.

“I try to lead by example in practice every day, and the freshmen have been really good about adjusting to the team,” he said. “For us to take that next step, I think we have to do a better job of recognizing the situations we’re in and treating every possession like it’s our last.”

The Timberwolves have an immediate chance to do that, with Friday’s 7:45 p.m. contest at Del City offering them an opportunity to fix the mistakes they made Monday and take that next step their coach is looking for.

“I like it a lot,” Knighton said of playing Del City again so soon. “It’s a chance to get revenge after a tough loss.”

Corbin Hosler

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