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Revere boys basketball team gaining experience

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — Revere High School boys basketball head coach Dean Rahas said he has seen improvement from his team this season, but the next step is playing more consistently.

“I think we’ve started to play harder. I also think we are doing a better job of anticipating,” he said. “The biggest thing is that we have to put together four good quarters. That’s really been a big problem. We’ve had some games where we’ve been up at the half, or down a few at the half, and the second half just gets away from us.”

Through Jan. 25, the team’s overall record was 1-12.

“I thought we’d have some more wins, I really did, but we had some bad luck early on — injuries and sicknesses and those kinds of things — and we have a lot of young guys, with only one senior,” Rahas said. “It’s been a little tough, but the kids are working hard and we’re getting better. And right now we’re at full strength, so there are no more excuses.”

The team’s only senior this season is starting power forward Michael Benson.

“Mike works hard. He competes on every possession,” Rahas said. “He has stepped up to become more of a vocal leader. He’s really showed a lot this year, being the only senior and sticking it out. He’s provided us with the leadership we need.”

Two juniors who start for the team are point guard Jordan Holtkamp and forward Dylan Geig.

“Jordan started for us last year as a sophomore. He’s a tough kid and he has a lot of pressure on him because he handles the ball a lot for us. He’s doing a good job for us. He’s starting to come around and run the team a little bit better,” Rahas said. “Dylan is in his first year playing varsity. He’s long and athletic and he runs the floor well. He’s working hard, getting better and starting to understand the varsity game.”

Rounding out the starting lineup are sophomore forward Zach Lalkowski and freshman guard Teddy Hughes.

“Zach’s had some good games for us, but he’s young, and consistency is still a big thing for him. He takes the ball to the hole strong; he’s just trying to adjust to the speed of the varsity games,” the coach said. “Teddy has a good feel for the game — he anticipates well. He handles it fairly decently and he’s a good shooter. He is a good offensive player for us.”

Other key contributors to the team, Rahas said, are sophomore forward Desmond Rozek and junior guards Dylan Seikel and Ben Sass.

“They give us a little spark off the bench,” the coach said. “They contribute both offensively and defensively. They do a lot of good things for us.”

Rahas said he is looking for his team to continue to improve as the regular season winds down.

“I’m looking to see continued improvement and to get in the win column,” he said. “I want to see us put together four good quarters and close out games. Hopefully, we’re playing our best basketball at the end of the year here and we can get a little momentum going into the district tournament. We’ll see how we do and whether we can win some games.”

According to Rahas, this season will serve to help the team become more successful next season — as long as the players continue to put in the work.

“It’s all going to come down to how hard we work this offseason,” he stated. “Just because you’re young and you come back, it doesn’t guarantee success. If our guys put in the time and work hard, there’s definitely potential to be a good team.”

For more on the team, see "Highland defeats Revere in close Suburban League game."

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