Both the Enterprise and New Brockton boys’ basketball teams hit the road last week for their second and final playdate of the summer.

Enterprise headed to Birmingham to take part in a playdate with various teams from around the Southeast, while New Brockton headed to Hartford to go up against both Geneva County and Rehobeth in a three-way playdate.

The Gamecocks lost both of their games in their playdate but head coach Jonathan Hawkins wasn’t concerned with the scoreboard.

“I thought we played better,” Hawkins said. “It didn’t necessarily show it on the scoreboard but that was two really good teams and I thought that we played 100-percent better from how we played in Enterprise (the week before).”

Against Rehobeth, New Brockton lost 66-33 and the Gamecocks were led by Tariq Walker who scored 13 points.

“We did a better job at being patient and executing,” Hawkins said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well but that will come. I thought the kids got a little discouraged at times but we just want to keep them focused on what we want to try to do and keep them believing in us (as coaches).”

Hawkins said one thing that he is trying to get his team to do is simply shoot. The Gamecocks have acted timid at times and hesitant to shoot even when open.

“I think that comes from a lack of confidence,” Hawkins emphasized. “They don’t want to be the one that screws up but I try to explain to them that everyone shoots.

“Every day I ask them what the name of the game is and they tell me that it’s basketball and then I ask them what the object of the game is and they tell me that it’s to put the ball in the basket. So, I tell them that they can’t do that if they don’t shoot the ball. It’s just a confidence thing, we just have to continue to work at building that up.”

The Wildcats traveled to the campus of Birmingham-Southern and picked up wins against Jacksvonille High and Coahulla Creek High (Ga.) before falling to Union Grove (Miss.) via a buzzer-beater.

“We did some good things at times during the games but we also did a lot of bad things,” Enterprise coach Rhett Harrelson said. “With it being our last competition day of the summer there is a lot we could take from it and learn from.

“We lost our last game on a buzzer-beater because we made some mistakes down the stretch. If that’s going to happen you would rather it happen in the summer.”

The Wildcats were again without a number of players due to injury but Harrelson was proud of the way some of his younger players stepped up.

“I thought some younger guys stepped up that will need to step up next season,” Harrelson said. “We got some good experience for our junior varsity, freshman and varsity teams. We just have to continue to try and get better.”

Both New Brockton and Enterprise will get back to summer workouts at home but competition days for basketball have come to a close.

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