The Elkin boys basketball team struggled to push points Monday night in their second game of the season, but there isn’t reason to push the panic button yet.
Elkin stumbled out of the gate and couldn’t recover, falling 88-42 to West Stokes. West Stokes started the game on a 12-0 run and continued to pull away. The Buckin’ Elks couldn’t get balls to fall, but their largest weakness of the night came in the rebound category.
“We gave up too many second-chance shots,” Head Coach Kenneth Abrams said. “We weren’t defending well, and [West Stokes] is a good ball team. They started with great momentum and just kept piling it on.”
Offensively, Elkin could only salvage six rebounds. On the foul line, it wasn’t any better for the Buckin’ Elks, shooting 3-16 on free throws.
“You want to win every game you play, but this is a non-conference game, it’s a tough non-conference game, and we knew that coming into it,” Abrams said.
The Buckin’ Elks are only two (soon to be three after Tuesday night) games into the season, and there’s still time to improve before their first conference game. However, in Abram’s own words, they stunk it up Monday night, but they’re more than capable of stopping the stink.
“This loss won’t hurt you in January, but a conference loss will,” Abrams said. “We’ve got to keep coaching these kids and stay positive with them. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board.”
Their first conference game is scheduled for next Wednesday night at home against Ashe County. With three games in between now and then, Abrams said he believes they can improve to hit them hard.
“Most of the time you learn more from losing, anyway, but we’re going to take this loss and we’re going to learn from it and grow from it,” Abrams said.
Along with the girls team, Elkin traveled to North Stokes Tuesday night for their third game of the season. Following that, the Buckin’ Elks will travel to South Iredell Friday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.