The next article in our buildup to the playoffs, West Lothian Wolves U18 Men Head Coach, Ed Leighton discusses his thoughts on the playoffs this season.
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Q1. How has your season been so far??
"The season so far has been tough but hugely rewarding for players, coaches, and at times, spectators, but most of all, tough for our opponents. We've played a style of basketball that at times is relentless and relies on every member of the team playing their part.
Unlike some of our opponents, we are not solely reliant on one or two key individuals that the team plays around. We play as a team. That includes defending as a unit, pushing the ball up the court fast in offence forcing the other team to get back quickly and in numbers. This shows itself in many of our games where we have been able to pull away in the later stages of the game and demonstrates that we have an ability to tire teams through our unselfish and quick play."
Q2. What do you think has been your toughest game this season and why??
"Our toughest game of the season so far was undoubtedly playing away from home against Glasgow City. They sit top of the league and it was always going to be a challenge for us.
As the game clashed with one of the U16's games, we travelled with a small squad and left us few options during the game to rotate players and maintain our usual pace due to little scope for rest. The short bench also meant that although as a team we didnt commit a large number of fouls, when split amongst just 7 players, individuals fell into foul trouble.
What was most pleasing about the game was the fact that we stuck to our task and continued to fight to the end. Never say die."
Q3. What has been your favourite game this season and why??
"I dont have a favourite game from the season so far. What I've seen in every game so far, to varying degrees, is the effectiveness of the type of game we try to play and when it flows, no one can stay with us. It's fun for the players, pleasing for the coaches and a joy for the spectators when we're in full flight."
Q4. How are you feeling going into this year's playoffs??
"It would be wrong to say that I'm not apprehensive about the playoffs. However, do I believe we have the ability to come through the playoffs with a hugely successful and rewarding season behind us? Yes I do.
This will be a hard campaign but the commitment and effort from the players that we've seen all season will, I have no doubt, be rewarded.
We play City of Edinburgh Kings on Saturday and it's 1-1 so far in the league against them. The team have been working hard in training and putting into practice in recent games the approach we'll be taking into that game. Confident we have the ability is how I'd sum it up.
Q5. If you could add one player you have faced this year at your age group to your squad, who would it be and why??
"If we could add 1 player to the squad? There's an immediate obvious answer to that and it would be young Mr Geddes from Glasgow City. His average for the season has been around 53pts in all games!!
BUT, I firmly believe that the Wolves and the current U18 men team is all about basketball and not building a team around one key individual. So unless someone can bring us a great all round player that can immediately slot into our unselfish team oriented squad, I'll stick with the group of players we have. I firmly believe we are the best TEAM in the league this year."