Men’s basketball preview

By The Elm - Nov 01,2018@12:00 am

BoysBasketball_MarkCooley (2)Screen Shot 2018-10-29 at 9.47.35 AMBy Louie Galdos

Elm Staff Writer

The Shoremen basketball team is coming into the season with a very well-balanced roster of players. These players range from no experience to senior status when it comes to competing in the Centennial Conference.

The team consists of three freshmen, six sophomores, six juniors, and one senior. Besides the new players, the team also acquired Assistant Coach Cody Joyce in the offseason.

Joyce played college basketball at Division I University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). At UMBC, he made the 2015 America East All-Conference second team honors. He was hired in mid-October for player development.

A big aspect the team wants to emphasize this season and preseason is experience. Based on their roster, the team’s bulk is in sophomores and juniors, so experience is a big component of what the team has to offer.

The basketball team has finished in the middle of the Centennial Conference for the past few seasons, but this year they are hoping to make a change and finish in the top of the conference.    

Head Coach Aaron Goodman believes the way to succeed is through focusing on the little things at practice.

“In practice, we are improving each day and that is our goal, to get a little bit better each day and to focus on the details of our execution,” Goodman said.

Game experience is an important aspect of the team’s success this season.

“We are still young but have a lot of game experience which will give us the opportunity to take a step forward this season,” Goodman said.

Goodman said his goal for the team is to be the top rebounding and defensive team in the Conference. To reach this goal, the team will have to work together and be supportive in all aspects of practice and game preparation.

“Our players believe in each other and our staff believes in them, so that is a good starting block from where we can grow,” Goodman said.

“This experience, coupled with only graduating one senior, has prepared us for the challenges we will face this year,” Goodman said.

An individual goal senior team captain Kevin McCormick has for this season is he wants to improve his shooting percentages.

“This season I hope to get my shot back. My best year shooting was my freshman year, so I hope I can get back to that or better,” McCormick said. “The thing I want more than anything, though, is to play in a playoff game.  Making conference playoffs is always a reasonable goal because you just have to finish in the top half of the conference, which we know we can do.”

McCormick also recognizes the importance of game experience, knowing how crucial it is to to take advantage of this season.

“Every year I’ve been here has been labeled a ‘rebuilding’ season, but we’re looking to change that this year. The returning guys have been going up against seniors who are now graduated, so it’s our turn to get some wins,” he said. “Last year we had a couple close games with the top teams in our league and we’re looking to take the step of beating those teams, not just competing.”

Goodman believes in this team, as they have held their own in competitive games against some of the top teams in the nation of Division III.

“We had many close games last year in the toughest basketball conference in the country that had three teams in the Top 25, and three make it to the National tournament,” he said.

The Shoremen will begin their season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Virginia Military Institute for their first exhibition game.

Their first regular season game will be played on Friday, Nov. 9 while Centennial Conference play will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Their first home game will be hosted on Tuesday, Nov. 13 versus Elizabethtown College at 6 p.m.

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