Plainfield coach accentuates the positive
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Jan. 21, 2013
Plainfield High School basketball coach Bob Arremony was stressing the positive to his team before the start of a recent practice. They had lost a squeaker of a game to Stonington the previous night, and he was worried that they might not shake the loss before their next scheduled game. “You played a great game against a great team,” he told them. “You can't carry it into Friday. We don't want to go backwards. We have to get better.”
Soon the sound of sneakers sprinting across the gym floor took up where Arremony's voice left off. The players settled into rhythmic motions and repetitive drills. Except for occasional comments from Arremony, all you could hear was the sound of basketballs hitting the floor or the backboards in the gym.
“I tried to talk about the positive things that we did,” he said. “You heard me say, 'The sun came up. Yesterday's yesterday. Let's move on.' That's how you have to live your life.”
The Panthers are in the nearly universal situation of an average team trying to get better. As such, they illustrate the way different coaches and players approach a common dilemma. Arremony has been stressing patience. “We were horrible the first two weeks of the season,” the coach admitted. “We lost two games in the small division in one week. It was bad.”
Since then senior Josh Millette and junior Ryan Pambuku have stepped up as unofficial leaders of the team. Pambuku, who has played varsity ball for Plainfield since his freshman year, has developed into one of the top three-point shooters in the ECC. Guards Steve Jankowski and John Esparaggo have contributed with setting the tone of the games and scoring. Arremony named Will Robinson, Teaque Carrigan, Robert Ortiz and Josh Laprade as players who were really starting to come along.
But lack of patience was clearly one of the weaknesses Arremony saw in his team. “We try to move things too fast,” he said. “We need to develop more patience offensively. Sometimes we'll get a nice lead and then we'll take a bunch of quick shots and all of a sudden our nice lead is down.”
Arremony said his players are getting better. “I really like the way they are working. We've gotten so much better since that second week,” he said.