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BVT Boys Hit Midway Point on a High Note

Blackstone Valley Tech's boys' basketball team will begin the turn for home this week after a successful first half of the season that had the Beavers posting a 7-4 overall record and a 5-3 part in the Colonial Athletic League.
"The first half is over and we are right where we thought we'd be," said head coach Jim Kahler. "We've played some good defense, struggled a bit with some of the better teams in the league, but I think the opportunity should be there to steal a few wins the second time through the league."
BVT enters the week having won three of its last four games, holding opponents under 50 points in each of the three victories. The Beavers knocked off Douglas 59-44, beat Monty Tech 58-47, and scored a win over Nashoba Tech 63-44. Those wins sandwiched a 66-43 loss to perennial powerhouse Keefe Tech. Needless to say, Kahler has been pleased with the defensive effort.
"We have been pressing a lot, which is good for us," he said. "Worcester Tech and Keefe Tech press and run a little better than we do, so we have to be faster and more athletic. But we are able to press successfully against most of the teams we play and are doing a better job of turning that defense into offense. Our points off turnovers has doubled from the first game to now."
Junior shooting guard Dan Avery has been pacing the offense at 14 points per game. He scored 15 points against Monty Tech and followed that up by dropping 20 against Nashoba Tech. "(Avery) has really stepped up," said Kahler. "He has always been able to shoot but now he is taking the ball to the hoop a bit more."
Marcus Mesquitta has been running the offense from the point guard position. He was more of a scorer last season, but has taken a step back in that category to be more multi-dimensional and be a facilitator, according to Kahler. The guard has been averaging more than six assists per game.
Senior forward Tony Allen has been the Beavers' second leading scorer at 12 points a night and has pulled down just over five rebounds a contest. He has also anchored the interior defense, averaging three blocks per game.
Kahler also highlighted the on-court leadership of junior Eddie Floyd. "Eddie is our best leader on the floor," said Kahler. "He understands our offense and defense really well and it's like having another coach on the floor. He's a huge help."
With all league games remaining, plus the Norfolk-Aggie tournament at the end of the year, Kahler wants his team to not only take care of business against some of the teams he feels BVT should be able to beat, but also compete with the top squads in the league such as Worcester and Keefe.
"We need to clean up our play overall, I still feel like we turn it over too much," he said. "Against good teams, that can double. If we win the rebounding battles, take care of the ball, and control the pace, we should be able to compete with anyone."




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