Last season, the Bulldogs - despite a breakout year from Jacksonville University signee Jarius Holder - finished 4-22 in coach Maurice Triche's first season.
And when Triche
recounts the way his
squad pulled off the 54-53 win against the Raiders on Nov. 20, he
gives blunt assessment of how it happened.
"It was luck," Triche
The open door of opportunity came when Triche
put Mount Zion into its motion offense and put the ball in the hands of its best player - Holder.
said Holder was so wide open because the Riverdale defense was sucked into the paint, worrying about 6-feet-7 Momodoo Senghore and 6-foot-6 Cody Simmons.
"It's a testament of his
work ethic and dedication, especially in the weight room," Triche
And while these upstart Bulldogs may be sneaking up and shocking a few high school basketball watchers this season, Triche
said that he
saw enough from his
team in during the 4-22 campaign to where he
isn't completely surprised.
"We lost 22 games last year, but we really only got blown out in four or five," Triche
isn't worried, however.
wants to win every game, he
more interested in building his
Bulldogs up for a stretch run.
"We take these wins.
They're good," Triche