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Prep basketball: In his words with Snider coach John Todor on the Panthers' win over New Haven

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:09 am

Snider and New Haven were both on seven-game winstreaks when theyplayed last night. It was the Panthers who pushed theirs to eight wtha 56-55 win that also kept them undefeated at home this season. Sniderhead coach John Todor talked with the News-Sentinel following thegame:

On the overall pace of the game:

"Early we executed very well on offense. We did what they were coachedto do. We got away from that a little bit, but not really because ourshots weren't falling. We had good looks, good shots, they didn't goin and that happens sometimes. New Haven did a great job getting theball inside and a great job on the boards, hats off to them, but wedidn't box out a few possessions. We talked about it coming in youcan't always worry about big Steve (McElvene). Have to worry aboutboxing out the other four, too, and we lost sight of that a fewpossessions there."

"We just wanted to go. We didn't really even talk about pushing thepace. Wanted to take what they were going to give us and we told ourkids this would be the best defensive team we've seen all year in thisarea, and they really got after it and play defense. We got goodlooks. Devlyn (Williams) and Malik (Williams) challenged them, madesome great plays down the stretch and challenged Steve, who is anIndiana All-Star in my opinion, and our guys challenged him and did anice job. We were fortunate to get the win."

On the inbounds play to Trey'von Covington which resulted in the game winner:

"We've worked on our out-of-bounds plays. They know what to run. Justhad to see what defense they were in and them make our quickadjustment. Ran our play and had run it a couple times earlier and he(Covington) had a shot last possession on the same play when he droveand turned it over (as he) caught in the air. (This time) he poppedout and they didn't guard him. They were worried about our bigs comingback to the basket, which he popped to the corner and got a look.We'll take that. We wanted to go inside, but he was open and heknocked it down. He missed a couple earlier ones when our shotsweren't quite falling for awhile, but fortunate to have that one goin."

On the defense on New Haven's last possession:

"Talked about Steve (McElvene) is going to take the shot or whoevertakes the shot we have to box out the rest of the four. Someone elseis going to get the rebound and can't get completely locked down onSteve, we have to guard all four other guys on the court is what wetalked about in our timeout. ... We really locked in and sat down andplayed great defense."

On how the win helps them prepare for the postseason:

"We knew this was a physical team with some size and athleticism andwould make a great defensive effort, and it's a big win for us. Everygame is different and every game gets you ready for the postseason.That's what high school basketball is about."