In their second shot at Screven County this season, the Effingham County Rebels basketball team gave up too many second shots.
The Gamecocks downed the Rebels 68-54 Friday night, opening up an early eight-point lead and never looking back.
“We let them score eight points before we woke up,” Rebels coach Travis Dickey said. “We’re allowing too many offensive rebounds and too many turnovers.”
Perry Herbert sank six 3-point shots and finished with a team-high 24 points, but the Rebels missed too many shots from much closer range for Dickey’s liking.
“Screven County is a good team and they’re very athletic,” he said. “We had shots around the basket that we missed, and you can’t miss opportunities against a good team like that.”
The Rebels’ problems close to the basket go beyond failing to get shots to fall, though the number of attempts from close range that aren’t going in is a concern for Dickey.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said, “especially those right around the basket. We have to be able to score some points in the paint. We’re scoring virtually no points in the paint, and we’re getting out-rebounded. You can’t win that way.”
Losing the battle on the boards also is difficult for Dickey to stomach, given his preaching of the fundamentals.
“There’s no reason someone can’t box out,” he said. “If you can’t rebound, you can’t win. It’s just as simple as that.
“We’re playing decent defense,” Dickey continued. “But we’re giving them easy second chance opportunities.”
The Rebels (1-5) host Benedictine Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.