Madera head coach Mike Hawkins knew prior to the game, that his team's ability to not play at the frenetic pace of the Sunnyside-Fresno Wildcats would tell the story of the game.
And he was correct as the Coyotes (5-15, 0-4) tried to play the up-tempo, force the ball up the court at breakneck pace and turn steals into easy buckets style of play that the Wildcats (6-14, 1-3) employ, but found themselves merely playing into the hands of the Wildcats in a 56-41 loss Thursday night at Joe Flores Gym.
“We talked before the game about the fact that we could not get into a game pushing the ball against Sunnyside,” Hawkins said. “But then we came right out and let them dictate the tempo, never worked the shot clock and were forcing shots.”
Although Sunnyside was without their one physical post player, the Wildcats are defined by a group of players from 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 who don't possess the greatest basketball skills, but make up for it with amazing quickness and a suffocating defense that produces turnovers and denies open looks at the basket...