It was only a week ago that the Florida Everblades climbed to the top of the South Division after winning 10 of 12 games. They return Wednesday night to start an important three-game series with the Greenville Road Warriors at Germain Arena after losing three straight on the road, slipping back into the cellar.
"Some teams come out of breaks hot, and some cold. We, unfortunately came out cold," Everblades coach Greg Poss said about the All-Star break. "We came out flat, to put it mildly, and didn't wake up until it was too late."
With the team playing poorly and an obvious crucial matchup with the Road Warriors - just three points ahead of the Blades in the division - Poss spoke to the team about being ready after long delays.
"I like the way they responded," Poss said. "We have a good mix of veteran and young guys in the locker room, and that helps."
The South Division is the only one in the league with no team having fewer than 45 points, and only five points separates all four teams.
"There was no reason to talk about (this week's) games," said Poss. "Everyone is jockeying for playoff position right now, and we have probably the best division in the league, but the guys know how important every game is with the playoffs coming and with a lot of games still left to play against our division. Every point is going to count, not just for division standings, but also for possibly making the playoffs."
Greenville is in third place a mere three points ahead of the Everblades.