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The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team is a group in search of an identity after changing offenses in the offseason and scrapping their way to a pair of tight wins over Palmer to start the season.
"We weren't reading situations correctly, we made poor decisions and, as a result, we were turning the ball over," head coach Steve Potter said. "We weren't making mistakes on high-reward plays. Our turnovers were just unnecessary."
The good news for the Bears is that junior Cody Grussendorf has emerged as a slasher and playmaker on the perimeter, senior Sean Bavard's three-point stroke is looking pure and senior big man Eric Gross should be on a mission after sitting almost their entire second game with foul trouble.
"There were good things that came out of last weekend. I think we showed our depth when Eric had to sit, and Lawrence (Fenumiai) and Colin (Gozelski) stepped in. They were solid on the boards and made up what we were missing," Potter said.
"Cody also showed me some leadership. Obviously he scored well the second night, but when we didn't need that scoring on the first night, he led us in assists."
Potter also added that there was no secret plan to keep Gross on the floor this time around. A change in refs might help, though, he added.
"Eric always plays really hard, and that's the way we want him to play. He committed some fouls that probably won't be fouls up north," Potter said.