Trojans looking to rebound after two straight losses

By: Matt Long
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The Trojans were riding high, starting the season with 19 straight victories. Now losers of two straight, the team is about to find out what it’s made of. After falling at home to Pleasant Grove 65-60 on Jan. 26, the Trojans hit the road on Friday as they headed to Sheldon High to face the Huskies. The team’s second loss of the season was even more devastating, as the Huskies whooped Oak Ridge, 64-46. “The game plan was to play possession basketball and limit Sheldon’s offense and I thought we did that in the first quarter as we led 13-11,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen said. “Then in the second quarter Sheldon went on a big run and it turned out to be the knockout punch. Their length, athleticism and experience clearly make them a better team than us right now.” That doesn’t mean Oak Ridge can’t beat Sheldon, but the Trojans clearly have to play better than they did on Friday. Also, they have to get back to playing the way they did in their first 19 games. They don’t have much time to think about their first two losses either. Oak Ridge travels to Jesuit today and plays host to the Huskies on Friday. “We lack the big-game experience that Sheldon has and that’s the reason we have to go through this,” Christensen said. “Sometimes kids try to do too much and we have to get back to sharing the ball. We shot 35 percent and 34 percent in our losses last week. Typically we shoot better than that and last week we had poor shot selection and Sheldon’s defensive pressure had something to do with that too.” Christensen said the team’s losing streak could be a good thing. “You never want to admit this, but these losses could be the best thing for us. You learn much more when you go through adversity. I believe this is going to make us stronger.”