SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Maxwell wanted to walk into the locker room at the half on Tuesday and rip his players for their effort on the glass.
Facing an undersized Mountain View team, the Braves surrendered a staggering 11 offensive rebounds and only led 22-20 at the half.
“They crash the boards for as little as they were,” said Maxwell. “I should’ve lit them up even more at halftime about the rebounding than I did, that’s not my personality.”
They still got the message though, only allowing two offensive rebounds in the second half.
“He just told us we need to be even more aggressive on rebounding and actually want the ball. We were boxing out we just didn’t go get it. We did that in the second half,” said Bountiful’s Zac Seljaas, who led the Braves with 10 rebounds.
During one crazy sequence in the first half Mountain View had five offensive rebounds on the same possession, which led to Wyatt Allred’s 3-pointer and a 5-4 lead for the Bruins.
On two of Mountain View’s next three possessions, a pair of offensive rebounds led to four more points as it built a 17-12 lead after the first quarter.
Bountiful corrected the deficiences after halftime.
“Defense and rebounding win championships. That’s what you’re trying to do in the tournament. You don’t care about the offense, you just want to win championships and play defense and rebound, and we didn’t do it in the first half,” said Maxwell.
Bountiful went on to win the rebounding edge 31-29 after trailing 19-13 at the half.