Rams’ coach happy with effort, despite record

By Steve Smith - Staff Reporter
VERNON - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
RHS's Jori Dumais (right) defends a shot by Glastonbury's Jack Sellew, but the Rams still dropped the game 77-45 last week. Photo by Steve Smith.
RHS's Jori Dumais (right) defends a shot by Glastonbury's Jack Sellew, but the Rams still dropped the game 77-45 last week. Photo by Steve Smith.

VERNON - Despite a win-loss record of 2-9, coach Peter McCann of the Rockville High School boys’ basketball team said he has seen some really good things from his team, namely playing hard against good teams, even when behind.
In the recent win vs. Fermi, the Rams  were down early, 14-2, but then battled back to take the lead at 57-54, and went on to win, 64-60.
Michael Faniel had 15 points and 14 rebounds against Fermi, while Tavi Kelly had 18 points – 16 in the second half.
That kind of spark is what has McCann optimistic that the team can win most of its games the rest of the season.
“It’s not turning out great, in terms of wins and losses,” McCann said, “but we’re definitely competing. Some of our younger guys are playing a little more, and our seniors are playing well. The three seniors have stayed positive through the adversity, and the youthful enthusiasm of the juniors and sophomores have helped. No one is hanging their heads.”
McCann said the team is working to improve its half-court offense – one aspect it has struggled with.
“Scoring has been an issue for us all season,” he said. “We turn the ball over too much and shoot about 20 percent from the field. They battle on the boards for an undersized group. Hopefully we’ll start getting some more wins to reward their efforts.”
With the snowed-out make-up games, McCann said the schedule is tight, so player fatigue may become an issue, but of the nine games remaining (at press time) he said he hopes they can win four or five.
The Rams will be honoring their senior players on Feb. 10, at their home game vs. RHAM – a team it battled into overtime, earlier in the season.


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