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Helena Half Court Tradition Bringing Bengals Closer

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The half court shot. It's one of the most exciting plays in basketball. A game ritual at the end of half's and quarters as a final heave for points. For Helena high coach John Hollow, it's a pre game tradition too.

"It started back when I was coaching in Ronan and we were struggling one year shooting free throws and my uncle emailed me and suggested to try something different at the end of practice and we started half court shots," said Hollow. "But there was a point to it too. It was working on our follow through and working on hitting the rim, no air balls, just more of a mental focus thing."

In the final practice before every game, the J.V. and varsity square off in a half court shoot out to six or nine, with the loser having to buy the other team Gatorade for the game! And the competition has definitely helped this team.

"Even though we're split up JV and Varsity, we joke around, brings us all together. It's fun I like it. Friendly competition," said senior guard Kyle Cochran.

"Get our minds off the game. You forget that sometimes that this game is supposed to be fun," said junior post Henry Garrett. "I mean we're always going to compete but you know we have fun when we're out there so this is just kind of mentally going."

It's not just a mental thing, some players on the team see this ritual as a good luck charm.

"Shots feeling good, your half court shot is going in. Not a lot's going to go wrong for you," said Cochran.

"I think it definitely just shows cause it's ours we think it's going to be a little lucky. But you know I think it's also helped that we've definitely gotten a lot closer on some shots at the end of halftimes and quarters," said Garrett.

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