But what coach Wayne Tinkle feared has come true- he's lost one of his best players to injuries, again.
The Grizzlies learned Sunday that their point guard Will Cherry will be out the rest of the season with a broken right foot. Cherry had already missed the first two months of the season with a broken right foot.
It appears he aggravated the injury with five minutes left in Saturday's game against Davidson when he pulled up lame, favoring the right foot. He was on the bench icing the foot the rest of the game.
After the game coach Tinkle said, "That's what he says, but obviously we won't know anything until we get an X-ray. He said it feels the same, but who knows? Obviously, if that's true, it's not a good thing."
The Grizzlies were already without Mathias Ward, who sprained the arch in his foot last Tuesday. Ward watched helplessly from the sidelines Saturday as Davidson power forward Jake Cohen scored 28 points.
Tinkle is concerned about his team's NCAA tournament prospects moving forward. "We have some concerns moving forward, with both Will's and Mathias' injuries. The rest of the guys are going to have to step up. The guys who didn't play too smart are going to have to play smarter. The guys who didn't play tough are going to have to play tougher. If our guys can commit to that then we can continue to build and finish this thing off right."
Cherry, a senior, averaged 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. He's also one of the most underrated players in the country, is a good perimeter defender with solid back court play. When teamed up with Kareem Jamar, they provide the Grizzlies with a back court that can compete with any team.
With the NCAA tournament coming up soon, players need to take good care of themselves off the court and on the court. Everyone wants to win the big title, but when you're injured there's little you can do to steer your team to victory.
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