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winter. “He’ll say, ‘I got mine, it’s yourtime’. It’s a little pressure, but it’s un andgames.“John’s awesome. He made a big di-erence sitting on my bench. He’s kind o the opposite o me. I’m intense. I coach theway I want the kids to play... Sometimesyou can get way above yoursel and John,with that really calm voice, would say‘We’re going to be okay’. And that bringsyou down to earth a little bit. That helpsme tons.”But McNeal’s November successlet Harris pacing the gym with the ewnon-ootball players on his roster as threegames were ultimately canceled. Only one,a District 8-A trip to Gordonsville, was re-scheduled.
Hoops seasonfinally starts
Finally, on Dec. 5,two days ater Friendshipdrilled Dresden 34-0 inthe BlueCross Bowl, Har-ris gathered his ull rosteron the Bay Family Sport-splex oor or its frstpractice. Westmorelandwas coming in the ollow-ing night to fnally tip o basketball season.“I had one true practice,” Harris said.“We beat Westmoreland [56-44], but wedidn’t play very well. It was terrible. I’mso rustrated. How am I going to get oot-ball out o these players? The hardest thingo having hal o your team play ootballand coming back to play basketball is themotivation part, getting them inspired.“You just won the whole tournament,and now I’m asking you to regroup andlet’s do this again.”Harris got some advice rom, o allpeople, his predecessor and coach o hisbiggest rival. Watertown coach Matt Brad-shaw had gone through the samething fve years earlier when the Com-manders lost the BlueCross Bowl. Armedwith a strong senior class, Bradshaw took his Commanders to a sectional the ollow-ing spring.“Matt was just great,” Harris said. “Hetalked about this is how you do it. They’regoing to be a bit slow. You can’t getrustrated.”
Trips to Clay and Lancaster prepCommanders for down the road
Next up was a trip to longtime nemesisClay County. The Bulldogs, who haveprobably handed Friendship more regiontournament losses than any opponent dat-ing to the 1980s, orced the Commanderson the sectional road the previous yearby beating them in the Region 4-A fnal.Harris believes had FCS won that game, itwould have gone to the State Tournamentin his frst season.As it was, the Bulldogs provided theCommanders their frst test o 2011-12.They still had lots to learn ater a 65-55loss in Celina.“They’re an outside-shooting team andthey had weeks to prepare,” said Harris,who cut his basketball teeth on the hoops-mad courts o Memphis. “I have to adjustas a coach to the teams in this region. Theylove the three-point ball. They can shootit and teams take tons more shots than wedo. My thing is we will apply pressure and
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Coach Cleve Harris
Hunter Anderson celebrates the win with teammate Andrew Wood (#3).