MORRISON, Ill. — If coaching doesn’t work for Fulton coach RJ Coffey, he might have a career in remodeling, because that’s what he did to his team during halftime Wednesday night.
Fulton defeated Morrison 71-63, scoring 53 points in the second half following an 18-point performance in the first two quarters.
“We played really slow; we didn’t play our style,” Coffey said. “We said coming in that we had to play how we like to. We had simple things to fix at halftime, just shoot the ball better and play to our tempo.”
It wasn’t as if the Steamers came out cold. The Mustangs (13-16) roared out of the gate, making virtually every shot and pinning the Steamers back on their heels with a 32-18 halftime score.
“We were playing awful in the first half,” Steamers big man Jake Willging said. “I’m not really sure what was wrong with us; shots weren’t falling and we didn’t box out.”
While the Steamers were less-than-pleased with their first-half performance, Morrison coach Dave Peugh said his team’s first-half performance was at its peak.
“That was probably the best half we’ve played all season,” he said. “We were moving the ball around and playing some good defense, but we knew that they were going to make a run.”
Fulton (21-8) also allowed 16 first-half points to Hunter Hamstra, who ended up with a team-high 20 points.
“It’s frustrating to let anybody cut you up like that,” Coffey said. “He scored a lot against us the last time we played him here, so we know he’s a great player.”
The Steamers held Hamstra to just 15 points last week at home, which they lost.
Then, at halftime, as most coaches do, Coffey found a way to get his guys fired up for the second half.