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Christmas layoff stymies Gobblers

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Layoffs can be difficult for any team, and that definitely proved to be the case when Cuero hit the court for the first game in 10 days tonight against Floresville. In the Gobblers’ second home game of the season, the Tigers jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter, before going on to defeat Cuero, 62-45.

“It is always hard to take such a long break and pick up where you left off.,” Cuero coach Kennon Dvorak said. “I think that layoff kind of slowed us down, and I don’t think we were as prepared as we should’ve been. We probably needed a little more time to get back to where we were. It’s kind of like a Monday morning. It’s hard to get back and get going. It was just a real long Monday morning.”

Sophomore shooting guard Joseph Arce, who has been a spark plug for the Gobblers on both ends of the court all season dealt with early foul trouble, which heavily dictated play on the floor.

“Joseph Arce is what I like to say is a defensive anchor,” Dvorak stated. “He brings the energy and the effort nine times out of 10. If we need more from somebody, he’s the one that pulls them all together and rallies them to get that effort that we’re looking for. Him getting in foul trouble early is really crucial for us.”

Dvorak was also displeased with his team’s performance as a whole following the week-and-a-half long break since playing Yoakum Dec. 19.

“Those guys from Floresville did a fantastic job hustling to every ball, going after rebounds and working hard,” he noted. “That’s something that we failed to put together tonight.”

The dynamic point/post play of Jadyn Mitchell and Tre’lin Harper led the Gobblers with 30 combined points, but the battle remains for them to remain aggressive.

“It’s mainly a confidence thing with those guys,” Dvorak said. “As a coaching staff and even some people in the community tell them all the time, “There’s nobody that can stay in front of you if you go after it.” You see signs of it. When they decide to do it, it’s hard to stop. It’s something that we harp on them all the time. We all have faith in them. They just have to have it in themselves.”

Three non-district games (Jan. 2 vs Bloomington, Jan. 5 vs Gonzales, Jan. 9 at Kenedy) remain for Cuero between now and their district-opener Jan. 16 at Beeville. The goal in that time will be to regain their early season momentum.

“There’s no place better to do it than at home,” Dvorak noted. “We also have to get that feel back that we had early on, get that energy and fight back. Tonight was a little bit of taking our foot off the gas. If we get that time back in the gym, we get some of these pre-district games in there, I think we can find our stride again.”

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