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Prep basketball: 5 keys to Snider's win over New Haven

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:07 am

In a game where neither team ever extended a lead into double digits, Snider got the big shot it needed in the last minute to beat New Haven 56-55. Panthers guard Treyvon Covington hit a corner three that would be the game-winner to give Snider an 8-game winstreak. Here are five keys to the win:

1. Pushing the pace

Snider enjoys playing fast in every game, but against New Haven itbecame extremely important. With Steve McElvene anchoring the Bulldogs defense down low and terrific guard defense from Jordan Hogue, the Panthers needed to get out and score points before New Haven could getits defense set. It did just that, especially in the first quarter.

2. Devlyn Williams attacking inside

It's not often you'll see a player go right at McElvene. His size isusually a big deterrent to that, but Williams had no issues goinginside and absorbing the contact. He showed toughness and a good finishing ability as he led Snider with 15 points.

3. First half shooting

The first half saw plenty of Snider jumpshots. It also saw plenty ofmade baskets. The Panthers were 15-for-28 in the first half, a 53.5percent mark. Any time a team can do that it is a good sign of thingsto come.

4. Defense on the final possession

Everyone assumed the ball was going to McElvene. The Panthers knew itand on the first attempt by New Haven it had Devlyn Williams come over and deny the ball to him. On the ensuing inbounds it had three guys standing around him to make sure a different Bulldog player had to beat him. It resulted in a good look for New Haven's Jailan Wattley,but he missed it and Snider came up with the rebound. Making sure theother team's best player doesn't touch the ball when it matters most is always a good strategy.

5. Covington's belief

Covington said he is always confident in his shot following the game.Good thing for him he has that belief. He wasn't having his bestshooting night up to that point in the game, going 4-for13, but he hitit when it mattered most. If he had been hesitant Snider doesn't getthe open look and may not find a better shot to take the lead or tie the game.