Gig Harbor senior Nick Edens scored 17 points, but it wasn’t enough Thursday night as the Lincoln Abes beat the Tides 64-53.
Lincoln’s frenzied pace and high-pressure, full-court defense proved to be too much for Gig Harbor.
“They’re just really athletic and quick,” Tides head coach Billy Landram said. “They took third in state last year, so they’re a good team. We knew what we were getting into. We wanted to schedule tough teams early in the season to see where we’re at and move forward.”
The Abes forced several turnovers from the Tides, who got caught up in Lincoln’s quick pace at times.
Gig Harbor junior point guard Chris Drake said his team needs to cut down on mistakes.
“We just need to slow our game down and work our ball into the middle,” Drake said. “They’re just fast.”
Landram said the Tides were simply inconsistent.
“We had stretches where we played really well,” he said. “You can’t have a bad minute or two against this team, or they’ll make you pay.”
Landram said he wanted to schedule solid competition ahead of the Narrows League slate. He wasn’t concerned about the loss.
“We’re not worried with how many wins we come out with in the start,” Landram said. “We’re more looking more at league for what we’re trying to accomplish.”
The Tides hope to learn from the experience.
“We’re a good shooting team,” Drake said. “We’re kind of small, but we just need to pick it up on defense. We’re just trying to take it one game at a time and trying to win the Narrows (League).”
Landram said much of the team doesn’t have varsity experience yet, so he expects some growing pains. He’s more concerned about seeing improvement than focusing on wins and losses.
“Most of the kids haven’t played at the varsity level yet, so they’re all kind of dipping their feet in the water,” Landram said. “It’s going to come together for us. We’re just trying to get better every day. If we do that, then the wins will take care of themselves.”
Landram is confident the Tides will have a successful season.
“We play well together as a team,” he said. “The kids play hard. We’ve got some good shooters and some good weapons. They work hard. They have high character. We’re playing for a great high school.”