By Chris Villani
Blackstone Valley Tech boys’ basketball head coach Dan Morin said his team is moving in the right direction with the playoffs just around the corner. The Beavers began the week having won 13 straight games and had not suffered a loss in calendar year 2022, so the coach’s assessment may be an understatement.
“We are hitting a good stride for this part of the season,” Morin said of his 15-2 team.
A big reason for the success has been the strong play of the guards, Morin said, particularly their ability to get the ball to 6-foot-7 center Ryan Flauto.
“He is an intricate part of our offense and teams are starting to key in on him,” the coach said. “The guards have done a better job of getting him the ball when he is open.”
BVT has also been able to gel as a unit and weather some recent challenges. The Beavers came into this week having beaten Essex Tech in overtime and then turning around to erase a five-point halftime deficit in a win over Whitinsville Christian.
“We have had some good wins and shown some good mental toughness,” Morin said. “And, obviously, my key guys are leading the way.”
Sophomore guard Aidan Losiewicz has been a standout for Valley Tech and Morin described him as a key distributor and a playmaker. Senior captain Evan Laughlin, a forward, has continued to improve offensively and contribute in the rebounding category as well.
“He has been a good floor general for us,” Morin said.
Junior Andrew Houssan has handled the point guard duties for most of the season and has chipped in more offensively as the year has progressed, including a 15-point effort against Whitinsville. Corey Magill, a sophomore, is another player who has been solid on both ends of the floor.
“He has shown some sparks on offense and he has been a shutdown guy on defense,” Morin said.
Senior captain Trout Marnell is one of the best leaders on the team. Although he does not play as many minutes as his fellow senior captains, Morin said Marnell is “locked in” on the bench and has kept the team focused during tense moments.
The combination of talents has Morin thinking the Beavers could make some noise come tournament time.
“I see this as a team that could go all the way,” he said. “They definitely have the heart and the drive and the focus and have become much more mentally tough the last two weeks of the season. I think we can give anyone a run for their money.”