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Erskine hopes to keep Warriors playing their way

By jhornberg
Feb. 8, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.

Victoria West Warriors won on a match against the John H. Reagan High School  Raiders during the Victoria Classic Tournament at West High gym in Victoria. MARIE DE JESUS/MDEJESUS@VICAD.COM

Drew Erskine has worked hard to come up big for Victoria West this season, particularly during district play.

The guard entered the year with a few games of varsity experience, but much like his teammates was lacking in that category.

He didn't let it affect him and remains the team's most consistent scorer, averaging a little more than 17 points per game duing District 30-4A play.

This is a year of firsts for Erskine. His father, Warriors coach Pat Erskine, said this is the most he's ever had to handle the ball, moving from a position in the post to a guard position.

The junior took a moment to answer a few questions.

What do you feel are the strengths of the Warriors this year, and what are your strengths?

"I felt like our team strengths are when we can get up on a team a little bit, and hold out the ball and make them play defense. We like to spread the ball out a little, and play a low scoring game and wear the defense out. Move the ball around, find our shots and try to get easy baskets."

What do you feel are the team's advantage against East?

"We started off in a bit of a slump, but we faught back and I thought we showed a lot of heart and character. We got back into the game, and I felt like we spread them out and made them work on defense. They also had a hard time on offense because they were so tired, and we just worked the ball around and got good shots. We were able to play our way and dictate the pace of play."

Describe how this season has gone for you and the Warriors?

"Coming off the past few games, I guess you could say disappointment. We feel we are better than what we have been showing. We have not been shooting the ball well, and trying to find ways to score right now, because we've been having trouble doing that compared to earlier in the year. I feel like, these past few days, we've been working really hard in practice. We've been giving a lot more effort and not really taking any days off."

How has this team changed since the start of the season?

"At the beginning of the year, we were real inexperienced. None of us had any varsity experience at all, and I felt like we had a real tough time getting our feet up under us. But now, I feel like we have a full year of varsity experience, we are playing a lot smarter. We still have our mental lapses, but I feel like we've been playing smarter basketball."



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