Howell boys basketball coach Nick Simon knows his team is facing a 1-7 Plymouth team tonight. He believes that shouldn’t matter.
“I don’t think this year you can afford to overlook anyone,” he said. “Not with the way this year has gone.”
The Highlanders (4-4) can’t afford any missteps in the second half of the season if the want to make up ground on the teams above them in the standings. Brighton, Hartland and Northville are all tied for first at 6-2, Canton is fourth at 5-3 and Howell is in fifth place.
The Highlanders will meet the Wildcats tonight in a game that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post at around 7 p.m. Click here for the link.
Due to the pandemic, summer workouts were curtailed and the season shortened and compressed, meaning coaches and players are still learning each other, Simon said.
“We’ve only played eight total games this year,” he said. “Every game is huge, even if the opponent hasn’t won as much. A lot of games this season have been determined by a few points.”
As the learning process continues, Simon is looking for the same effort every night.
“Keeping that consistency game to game is really important,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking for tonight, that consistent energy. This isn’t a rivalry game like Brighton or Hartland. So we’re trying to make sure that we’re consistent in every game that we play.”
It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams. They will play at Plymouth on March 16.