LCN boys hoops coach touts importance of close games
February 5, 2014
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb L’Anse Creuse North boys basketball team knows a little bit about nailbiters.
The Crusaders had a mark of 4-2 in games decided by eight points or fewer at press time — 6-3 in games decided by 10 points or fewer. LCN coach Jay Seletsky said he realizes the team is going to have to compete until the final buzzer during each game.
The Crusaders had a record of 5-5 overall, 2-3 Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time. LCN has won the last two MAC Red titles, finishing 11-1 in league play in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
“I think that (playing in) close games works in our favor leading into (the state tournament),” Seletsky said. “If we can continue to have success in tight games, that could benefit us in districts.”
Seletsky said he constantly puts an emphasis on clock management and last-second situations during practice to get players used to the scenarios. Seletsky said LCN players are comfortable in late-clock and late-game situations, and that they value those situations.
After losing the majority of its key contributors from last season’s team to graduation, new players are being worked into the lineup. Six players return from last year’s team who know the system and who battled last year’s starters in practice, Seletsky said.
“They have provided us with a sense of stability and transition this season,” Seletsky said.
Two of those players are senior guards Sean Koski and Deiontae Nicholas. Seletsky said Koski and Nicholas have served as good leaders and positive influences on the team’s younger players. The LCN coach said his senior guards do a great job of leading by example, too.
Everyone is going to have to step up if LCN is to stay in the race for a MAC Red title. Six of the seven teams in the league were within two games of first place at press time. The Crusaders won the league by three games in each of the last two seasons.
“I think this year, more than ever, the Red could go down to the last week of the season,” Seletsky said. “It is an awesome spread of parity throughout our league this year. We just hope to be in the mix in the end.”
LCN’s next tip is against Detroit Consortium Prep at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Consortium Prep.