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Southridge Suns Shine Down the Stretch

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      It's been a season of ups and downs for Southridge basketball. The Suns starting off slow, only to heat up at the right time to make it into the Big 9 3A District finals against Kamiakin Friday. Here's how the Suns shined down the stretch.

       In the beginning, Southridge had no answer to find consistency.   Head coach Jason DeVere said, "I think that's the 100 thousand dollar question right there. You're dealing with high schools kids number one."

      The Suns stumbled out of the gate at 3-5. Over time the team gelled together buying in to the team philosophy... Rebound.

      Suns center Derek Porter said, "The shorter guys, especially against Hanford I remember. They had a six-foot guy on me, especially when they're stronger... They can get lower and push me out of there a little bit easier."

      Suns guard Dallin Palmer added, "Really stressed like you said playing physical, matching the other teams aggressiveness. Especially on the boards."

     DeVere said, "Fixing the things we see early on and being able to correct those things has really been key to our success. "

      Hitting the glass has clearly paid off. The Suns are 5-1 in their last six games. Including a date with Kamiakin in the Big 9 3A District finals, Friday night. The Braves winning the first two go's by a combined 125-80. But hey, the Suns have a different glow to them this time around.

      DeVere said, "You know for us it's about desire... It's about competing... It's about getting guys to believe in each other. "

       Palmer said, "All the sudden we just decided to buy in do what we were supposed to do, and we started playing more together. It seemed that we were just playing as five individuals before that. But then we started playing as a team."