By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · March 02, 2017
BVT Boys Basketball Misses Tourney
For the first time in nearly a decade under Jim Kahler, the Blackstone Valley Tech Boys basketball team will miss the postseason, and the head coach said the responsibility for coming up short rests with him.
"We lost at the buzzer four times, you have to blame me at that point," he said. "I have to find a way to win one of those."
One of the narrow defeats came down the stretch in a last-second loss to Advanced Math and Science. The Beavers finished the regular season 8-12 overall, and were beat out by AMSA for second place in the Colonial Athletic League, which would have resulted in a tournament spot. In his ninth year at the helm, Kahler said this is the first time the BVT boys will not make an appearance in the district tournament.
"It's not what you want, we want to get in the playoffs every year, so it's disappointing not to get back there," Kahler said. "Hopefully this fires them up for next year"
Unlike this season, when many of the key cogs for Valley Tech came into the year with little varsity experience, the 2017-18 team will return several players who have played significant minutes this winter. Junior J.J. Newcombe will be back after starting at point guard this year. Sophomores Conner Christiensen, Jimmy McGilloway, and Jordan Amero will also be back to play big roles.
Valley Tech will graduate several seniors who Kahler dubbed the "core" of this year's team. Tyler Serafin averaged 13 points per game and was in the top three among the Beavers in every statistical category. Dylan Ramos and Allen Turner both averaged around eight points per game, and center Dan Aldonis was fourth at seven points per night.
"Dylan was the guy who did all the dirty work for us and Dan played solid minutes all season," Kahler said. "Allen was probably our best defensive player. They all bad a big role and they will all be missed next year."