BVT Boys Basketball Seeks 2nd Half Turnaround
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · February 04, 2017
Despite a 4-8 record coming into this week, Blackstone Valley Tech boys basketball coach Jim Kahler thinks his team is within striking distance of a playoff berth if it can take better care of the basketball.
"We have been struggling putting the ball in the hoop," Kahler said. "There was not a whole lot of varsity experience returning from last year, but our biggest problem has been the turnovers. We haven't fixed that and it's our biggest Achilles heel. We turn it over too much."
The turnovers reared their ugly head at the wrong time against Advanced Math and Science, Kahler said, when Valley Tech turned the ball over with a one-point lead and 16 seconds to play, only to give up the game-winning hoop to the opposition.
After losing six in a row, the Beavers split their four games entering the week with wins over Keefe Tech and Monty Tech. Kahler said the team has shown a noticeable uptick in several areas, including effort.
"We are starting to realize the game speed of varsity and how you can't take plays off," he said. "We have also been competing in rebounding the ball."
Senior forward Tyler Serafin has been the team's top scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game.
"He is probably out best all-around player," Kahler said. "He is a decent defender, he's long, athletic, and is a good ball handler and shooter."
Senior Allen Turner is scoring close to nine points per game and has been a "defensive stopper," Kahler said. Two more veteran players, Dylan Ramos and Dan Aldonis, have chipped in around seven points per game. Junior J.J. Newcombe has also stood out in his first season as the team's point guard, the coach said.
"We have to focus on finishing when we get those opportunities," Kahler said of his team, which is averaging 50 points per game. "We are getting decent shots, but struggling to score."
Kahler said a .500 record, and the postseason bid that comes along with it, are well within reach.
"As crazy as it sounds, I think it is a reasonable goal," he said. "We finish off the last six games or so with competitive games for us, games we can win if we show up. We can do this."