PCA boys 0-5 in Emerson’s absencePublished 12:38pm Thursday, January 9, 2014
As star junior center J.C. Emerson continued to miss action with a shoulder injury, the Prattville Christian Academy boys dropped two more games Friday and Saturday at home to bring its current losing streak to five.
Autaugaville handed the Panthers (10-6) its loftiest defeat of the stretch on Friday at 73-36. PCA played better, but still fell short of Alabama Christian Academy 37-30 Saturday.
The first of the two losses marked the return of senior guard Jake Warye, who missed the Autauga County Tournament to spend time with his father who is in the military, but he came back “rusty.”
“It just comes down to we’re struggling right now,” PCA head coach Jason Roberson said. “I think what’s happening is they’re all putting too much pressure and trying too hard to pick up the slack from J.C. It’s been disappointing to not step up and win without him, but he means a lot to our team.”
Currently, PCA is 0-5 without Emerson, who is slated to return Friday against area foe Reeltown, in the starting lineup. Roberson said he hopes his team doesn’t “subconsciously get used to losing.”
A bright spot during Emerson’s absence has been the emergence of freshman guard Peyton Meadows, who has averaged 16 points over the last five contests. And in its most recent outing, the Panthers held ACA to 13 points in three quarters of play.
“We were up 21-13 and we were rebounding and blocking out well,” Roberson said. “Then they made two plays and started believing, and they scored 24 points in the last eight minutes.
“That was a frustrating game, our defense played well but our offense struggled. We ran out of gas defensively and they picked up the intensity the last eight minutes and we couldn’t match it.”
PCA’s John Watts led his team versus ACA with 11 points and 10 rebounds.