"I thought we moved the ball more effectively [today], in the firs half especially," said head coach John Lavie. "We had 15 assists in the first half, which is phenomenal. In the second half we didn't play as well, but I attribute a lot of that to them. They stepped it up."
Augustin agreed: "We moved the ball around a lot more than we did the first game. As a team, everybody was clicking together. Everything was working--cutting, passing,
Augustin played the role of scorer in the first half, as well as distributor, with 14 points coming before intermission.
"We have another point guard, [Steven Martin] who is very good also. He does a lot of both. I don't specify positions. We work on our motion every day in practice. I don't set a certain number of possessions he is supposed to get. Hopefully, he gets the ball enough where he can make plays and make things happen.
Augustin continues to play with nagging injuries in his wrist and ankle, but he manages them the best he can between games so that he can give his all on the court.
"It's not 100 percent," he said, "but I'm out there still playing hard."
In spite of the loss in the first round, there are still benefits to participating in a holiday tournament with elite teams.
"You really learn that when you play against good competition, your true warrior skills come out," he said. "We are learning that we can play with the best."
Cook Leads Team to Victory
Dunbar took an early double-digit lead, but Carr got back into the game from the perimeter, hitting 9-16 from 3-point range and pulled to within two points at the half, 35-33.
"After seeing them play, we knew they were very scrappy," said Dunbar head coach Peter Pullen of Carr. "The reminded us of one of the teams in our league. We knew they wouldn't quit, so we had to jump on them from the start, which we did, but we couldn't put them away.
"They hit nine three's in the firs half, and we knew they couldn't continue that way. We wanted to push it when we could and press them a little bit to take away their legs, and hopefully the three's would stop falling."
The 6-8 sophomore Aaron Pogue did damage inside early, establishing his presence, and then Cook began to take over from all over the court.
"My team was depending on me to come out more aggressive [today] and take more shots," said Cook. The shot selection today was important, and I took good ones and they were going in. I just wanted to help my team get together."
"He does everything with his passing ability, rebounding ability, his court awareness and basketball sense. He is one of the few on our team that really has the total package, has a knowledge of the game and knows where to be on the court.
"He's just a gym rat and adds a whole lot. Without the presence of Mark Anderson, I had to put him inside, and he had no problem with that. He did a good job of that this afternoon."
And when he wasn't scoring or rebounding, he was finding open teammates for easy scores due to the attention he was drawing from the defense.
"My team looks for me to pass too," Cook said. "More than likely I'm going to look to pass before I shoot."