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Another Postseason Trip for BVT Boys Hoops

With two games to play in the regular season, the Blackstone Valley Tech boys basketball team faced a "win or go home" scenario. The Beavers responded, beating Bethany Christian and Nashoba Valley Tech to finish 10-10 and qualify for the district tournament for the eighth year in a row.
"I think that's very important, especially as a regional school that depends on what kinds come to school here," head coach Jim Kahler said. "At least kids can see we have been a winning program. We have done a good job getting ourselves in there, keeping that streak alive."
The regular season finale against Nashoba was particularly important as it gave BVT a share of the Colonial Athletic League (CAL) small school title, which would have punched a playoff ticket even if the Beavers had finished 9-11.
"They did a good job responding," Kahler said. "To have us struggle through parts of the year and still get a piece of the CAL small was a nice way to end an up and down season."
Kahler said his team has made strides when it comes to taking care of the ball, but the biggest part of BVT's late season success — which included wins in five of its last seven games — was getting healthy.
Freshman John Adams led the team in scoring this year, averaging 10.6 points per game. Senior guard Teddy Floyd averaged 9.6 per night and was a "jack of all trades" according to his head coach.
"Teddy played really well for us, we put him in every position out there," Kahler said. "He is our biggest guard so he can play inside or handle the ball if we need him to."
Kahler also had high praise for Adams, who at 6'5" does not resemble most freshmen and was able to adjust aptly to the variety level.
"He had a little lull in the middle of the season," the coach said. "It took him some time to get back up and going, but now he is more confident out there and looking for his own shot. He is looking like a legit high school basketball player and, when he is focused and working, he is very good on the defensive end."
Seniors Brian D'Ambra and Matt Marchant saw their playing time increase as the year progressed, and Kahler said both became harder to get out of the lineup by the time BVT went on its late-season run.
"They have both become a really big piece of the puzzle for us," Kahler said. "Brian has been playing a big role and Matt is probably our best outside threat."
The next step in the program's development would be making a deep run in the district tournament, but Kahler readily admitted the tall task ahead of his team prior to this week's quarterfinal game against Worcester Tech — a team that got the better of the Beavers in the regular season by a 20-point margin. The semifinal game was March 1. But after being 5-8 at the start of February, Kahler is pleased to have worked through an injury riddled year to be playing tournament basketball as the calendar flipped to March.
"I told the guys 'there is no reason to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves," he said, recalling his message to the team when it was at its lowest point. "We knew there were some games we could win at the end of the year and we knew we could hang around .500 or somewhere close. They did a good job executing and getting that done."




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