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Revere boys basketball team looking for consistency

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — As the regular season winds down, Revere High School boys basketball head coach Dean Rahas said his team is looking to put together a stretch of good, consistent basketball.

Through Feb. 2, the team was 8-8 overall and 4-6 in the Suburban League.

“We have yet to play a game with our full team,” he said. “We’ve had injuries and discipline issues, so we haven’t had a chance yet to see what this team is fully capable of doing. I think we can compete for a league championship if we have all our guys. But, like I said, we haven’t had all of our guys, and despite that we are still 8-8. We’ve had a couple of games that were two-point losses in the league that could have gone either way, but that’s how it goes.”

On the whole, Rahas said, the team has shown improvement during the course of the season.

“We’ve showed some promise,” he said. “There have been some things that we have done well, and some not so well, but we just need to show some more consistency in our effort. On Friday [Jan. 31], we beat Cloverleaf, and then the next night we lost by 10 to Highland. We just came out flat and weren’t ready to play. That’s why we are 8-8. We’ll just need to turn things up in practice and tighten things up here and there. We have eight juniors, three seniors and a sophomore, and the guys are still learning that we need to compete hard on every possession and we can’t take plays off. Just because you won one game doesn’t mean you will win the next game.”

The team’s lone senior starter this year is point guard Jordan Holtkamp.

“Jordan has really been a great leader for us this year,” the coach said. “He’s been our most consistent player, and he handles the ball real well. He makes good decisions and shoots the three really well. We’re just very proud of how he is playing.”

Rahas said he has been excited to see the development of sophomore Teddy Hughes.

“Teddy is a pure shooter,” he stated. “He just really puts the ball in the basket. The other night against Cloverleaf, he had seven threes and 26 points. He’s a young kid, and I have to remind myself that he’s only a sophomore.”

A pair of juniors who are stepping up this season, Rahas said, are Zach Lalkowski, who averages double figures in points, and Shane O’Brien.

“Zach’s an athletic kid that plays above the rim. He takes it to the hole really well. He’s doing a good job for us this year, but he’s just got to do a better job defensively,” the coach said. “And Shane’s a scrappy kid. He works hard on defense.”

A player Rahas said he is hoping to get back soon is guard Ethan Mabee.

“He’s had the flu, and he was out earlier in the year also,” the coach said. “But it’s been just crazy. We just haven’t had our full team yet, and I’m hoping that can happen this week.”

With the whole team together, Rahas said, Revere will look to gather some momentum as the postseason approaches.

“I’m expecting us to finish above .500 and to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season,” he stated. “I want to see us clicking on all cylinders and make some noise in the tournament. We don’t just want to win games, but we want to win games and keep getting better.”

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