Coach Pierce spoke about this challenge in a hot room inside of Hanno Civic Gymnasium on Monday.
Specifically, he spoke about the team's first post-March 11 game.
He said: "I wish I could say we were trying to play this like a real game. But we really haven't had any practice. Obviously coming back from what happened last (season), so many things are behind schedule. ... We haven't had our whole team together until Sunday's practice -- to have all our members that were here practice -- we're still missing one or two.
"We're really very far behind in preparation. I'm disappointed we couldn't make a better performance. ...
"All we could do is come out and try to do some of the things we worked on. I held them back a lot. A lot of the things we worked on, I wouldn't let them do in the game because we just needed to find out with steps A, B and C how wellwe do that, and then move to steps D, E, and F the next time we play.
“So it's definitely a work in progress. I hope the fans will be patient."
The 89ers, a symbol of courage, have a difficult journey ahead. But Pierce has displayed the right mind-set to lead this team at a difficult time.