You have to make shots

I'm a big Hubie Brown fan (after all the real Czar is a protege of Hubie so why wouldn't I be). He has a video out where he talks about getting more shots when you have a bad team to be successful. Here are his ways to get more shots
  • Offensive Rebounds
  • Turnovers
  • Free Throws
Bow to Hubie, take it as gospel, use it next season. Then I took these ideas and applied them to the 28 games during last year's state tournament. And I came up with a very strange result.

The 4 class A games where there was a difference in shot attempts, the team with more shots lost all 4 games. That included Cass Lake-Bena getting 18 more shots than Ada-Borup and losing by 38. Ellsworth returned the favor by giving Ada-Borup 23 more shots but they still won by 9. Chisholm 9 more shots in the title game vs GHEC but they lose by 14.

In 4 of the 7 AA games, the team with more shots lost including 3 blowouts. St. Bernard's 13 more shots than Pelican Rapids and they lose the title game by 12.

The same was true in class AAA. Mankato West 13 more shots and they lose by 13 to Washburn in the title game.

3 cases of this happened in the AAAA bracket. Sibley 12 more shots, lost by 4 to Jefferson in the quarters. Apple Valley 11 more shots lost by 8 to Osseo in the quarters. Hopkins had 14 more shot attempts but only beat Osseo by 10 in the championship game.

Moral of the story. Those teams that had more attempts and lost (or Hopkins in the AAAA title game) all shot horribly.

Chisholm 33.9% in their loss to GHEC
Ada-Borup 33.8% in their loss to Ellsworth
Cass Lake-Bena 22.2% in the loss to Ada-Borup
St. Bernard's 38.6% in the loss to Pelican Rapids
Triton 33.9% in the loss to St. Bernard's. Despite 4 more shots they got beat by 19.
New London-Spicer 34.5% in a loss to Pelican Rapids.
Montevideo 36.2% in loss to HLWW
Mankato West 32.8% in loss to Washburn
Johnson 39.1% in loss to Washburn
Spring Lake Park 45.2% in loss to Mankato West
St. Cloud Tech 32.6% in loss to Hopkins with 2 more shots, lost by 19.
Sibley 41.5% in loss to Jefferson
Hopkins 37.7% with 14 more shots and only beat Osseo by 10 in AAAA title game.

Horrendous shooting percentages and they were outshot by their opponents. You can get more shots but ultimately you have to make plays and put the ball in the basket.

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