Rams learn lessons from early loss

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Dec. 16, 2011
Rockville's Neil Gentile goes up for a shot attempt during the Rams' first game of the season vs. Manchester on Dec. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville's Neil Gentile goes up for a shot attempt during the Rams' first game of the season vs. Manchester on Dec. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.

Even after dropping their home opener to Manchester on Dec. 14, Rockville High School Rams' head coach Peter McCann said the boys' basketball team has a lot to look forward to this seasson.

“We moved the ball around,” McCann said, after the 55-95 loss. “We made solid passes, we caught the ball, and made shots.”

McCann said his team slipped a little and had to take quick shots in the second half – something the Rams simply aren't built for.

McCann said this year's squad is built with older, more experienced guards and younger centers/forwards, which makes for in interesting mix.

Junior forward Raequan Barber, for example, is one player McCann thinks can really help the team if he stays consistent.

“We were on him about catching and finishing, in pre-season, and he did it today,” McCann said. “As long as he continues to do that, we'll have enough of an inside presence.”

Senior Neil Gentile – one of the team's co-captains, and the only player to have started all 20 games last year, brings a lot to the court. "He gets all the little things,” McCann said. “He knows how to work hard. He knows how to get guys to play defense – slide over. Offensively, he'll go to the basket, and make open shots if we can get them for him.”

Overall, the team is still gelling, but McCann thinks it will get there. “Offensively,” he said, “we're still finding ourselves. We don't really have a go-to guy, but we have a lot of guys who are working hard. We've also got to work on our transition defense and not turning the ball over.”

McCann said he thinks his team, which finished 3-17 last year, should be able to post a .500 record this year. “We still have Bloomfield, Hartford Public, and E.O. Smith [in our league], which are always tough,” McCann said, “but there are winable games, we just have to make sure we do what we're supposed to do.”

The Rams are preparing to face Conard on Dec. 16 and E.O. Smith on Dec. 19, both at home.

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