Berlin boys basketball is solid, but still has concerns

Published on Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:31
Written by SHELBY IAVA

@shelbyiavaNB

BERLIN - It was a collective team win on Wednesday as the Redcoats beat Conard 75-63.

The Berlin boys basketball team had 10 different players scoring points, as well as having every single player who touched the ball collecting a rebound.

While the Redcoats were putting up the points, it was their defense that led them to victory.

The Redcoats had a total of 20 rebounds in the game.

We just played good as a team,” Redcoats senior Mike McCarthy said. “We moved the ball around, we made the back door cuts that we needed and we just played really good defense.”

“Everyone contributed tonight,” Berlin head coach Mike Veneziano added. “Everyone who played had a rebound.”

A majority of those rebounds were collected by McCarthy. The 6-foot-4 forward/shooting guard uses his size to his advantage.

“Using my body and my strength helps me get those rebounds,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also tied with Dylan Frisk in leading The Redcoats in points, with each scoring 17.

“Mike had a lot of potential,” Veneziano said. “ First of all he’s a great kid. I’m blessed to be able to coach just great kids. I don’t know how many coaches can say that in high school. So it’s a pleasure to come coach them every day and Mike is no different.

“Michael’s biggest enemy is himself. He gets very upset if he misses a shot. When he stays positive, the last two games he’s been more aggressive rebounding in his four years here and if he plays like he did tonight, aggressively he’s a difference-maker on the court.”

The Redcoats had good defense and good offense throughout the entire 32 minutes of play. The one thing they had struggled with was fouls.

“We’ve been fouling a lot to be honest with you,” Veneziano said. “In the two games that we lost, the other teams shot more foul shots because we put ourselves in a bad situation foul wise.

“We work on it every day. We just have to work a little harder on moving our feet. Most of our fouls are hustle fouls. I don’t want to take away from the kids, but we still have to be smarter defensively. We can’t put the other team in the bonus as we’ve been this season.”

The Redcoats committed 29 fouls on the Chieftains and out of those 29 fouls, Conard gained 19 points.

Veneziano added, “We have 15 games to improve and we will.”



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:31. Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:33.