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March 3, 2007

Poolville’s historic run comes to an end

FORT WORTH — Second chances can be a blessing or a curse in basketball. When a team is able to dig down and get crucial rebounds, it can be the difference in the game.

Such was the story Friday afternoon on the Robert Hughes Court at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth for the Poolville Monarchs.

In the Class 1A, Division II, Region II semifinal between the Clyde-Eula Pirates and the Poolville Monarchs, the Pirates used those second chance opportunities to score eight points on nine opportunities. The Monarchs had six opportunities, but could only muster two points, which was a large reason for their 52-48 defeat, ending their season at 22-7.

“No doubt the rebounding was a tremendous key to the ball game,” said Poolville head coach Eddie Farmer. “We knew that with their size and all, we would have to just do a super job on the boards, blocking out and doing things fundamentally. They were just able to overpower us with their height and get some offensive rebounds at critical times.”

The Monarchs had nine fewer total rebounds than the Pirates, but the offensive rebound disparity of nine to six basically came from one possession in the third period.

Despite not having the type of size the Pirates had, the Monarchs were able to hold their own against 6-7 Eula big man Michael Archa. Archa, who started the game, finished the game with only six points, all from the first period, and one defensive rebound. After struggling for several minutes on the court, Archa came out of the game and sat for the remainder of the semifinal contest. His replacement, 6-3 senior post Aaron Tabor, was a different type of big man. While Archa had height, he did not have the sheer girth to enforce his will down low and force the Monarchs out of position for rebounds. Tabor did, and like in the Muenster area round game, the Monarchs struggled with strong physical play.

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