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Warriors Boys Basketball Team Looks for Consistency

Every now and then, it works out just the way you drew it up.
Such was the case for the Nipmuc boys basketball team and head coach Jim Grant in the waning seconds of a recent game of the Warriors against Hopedale. The Blue Raiders were up two points with five seconds to play. Grant called for point guard Kelley Rooney to drive nearly the length of the court and bring the ball to the free-throw line, hopefully drawing a double team. He would then kick the ball out to Joe Mespelli for the game-winning three-point try. Five seconds later the ball left Mespelli's hand and swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded, giving Nipmuc a thrilling league victory.
"It's easy to draw it up," said Grant with a chuckle. "It's a little tougher to execute. Rooney is a special kid and he got the ball to (Mespelli) and hit the shot."
Eleven games into the season, Nipmuc sports a 7-4 record and is only two victories away from qualifying for the district tournament. Still, Grant sees plenty of room for improvement. "What bothers me are lapses against good teams, we need to be a team that doesn't turn the ball over," he said. "Basketball is executing basics. If you turn the ball over, you get fewer chances to shoot it. If you rebound the ball better, you get more chances to shoot"
Grant cited a loss against Blackstone – Millville where his team was outscored by 20 points in the second quarter and lost despite beating BMR in the other three quarters. The coach feels those kinds of letdowns has cost his team victories. "We just can't afford mistakes as a team that isn't particularly big, and doesn't shoot the ball especially well," said Grant.
Still, there have been flashes of success for the Warriors. Mespelli's heroics at the end of the Hopedale game capped off a 27 point outing for him. Grant would still like to see more consistency from one of his best scorers. Free-throw shooting has also been a concern, as Nipmuc has hovered around 58 percent from the line for the season and the coach would like to see that number creep closer to 70 percent.
One of the reasons Grant stresses the need for his team to turn in a reliable performance each night is the strength of the Dual-Valley. Whitinsville Christian has shown itself to be the class of the league, and Sutton, Douglas, and Oxford are all tough teams Nipmuc has to play twice.
Headed into the second half of the season, with a district tournament birth looking likely, Grant has a simple message for his team.
"We need to stay positive and keep working hard, but there has to be improvement," he said. "We are going to play bigger and quicker teams, and if we don't execute we are going to get beat."




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