Fraser High boys basketball looks to succeed in the MAC Gold

 Fraser High boys basketball coach Matt Lockhart, center, runs a recent practice. The Ramblers are hoping to learn from last season’s close losses.

Fraser High boys basketball coach Matt Lockhart, center, runs a recent practice. The Ramblers are hoping to learn from last season’s close losses.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 6, 2017

 Fraser High senior Jaylin Baker takes part in a drill during a recent practice. The Ramblers hope their athleticism makes up for their lack of size.

Fraser High senior Jaylin Baker takes part in a drill during a recent practice. The Ramblers hope their athleticism makes up for their lack of size.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

FRASER — Last season, Fraser High boys basketball finished 6-15 overall and 3-7 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, but sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story.

Coach Matt Lockhart noted that his team was in most of the games, including every divisional contest.

As unpleasant as some of last season’s losses were, a valuable lesson can be taken from them.

“It’s one of those things we did talk about,” Lockhart said. “The lesson is, you have to learn how to finish. We were in all of (them), but we didn’t finish some. … Toward the end of the year, we started winning some of those games, so hopefully that’s a little bit of a carry-over for us.”

Lockhart said there are seven seniors on this season’s squad.

“It can be a good thing or a bad thing,” Lockhart said of the number of upperclassmen. “If you don’t do well, you don’t get better, your seniors don’t change. That can be a bad thing. If you compete, learn and improve over the summer, it can be a good thing. I think it’s (going to) be a good thing for us.”

Lockhart said his team isn’t very big, but he hopes that is made up for by the team’s athleticism

So far, the coach has liked what he has seen. 

“We’ve had some real good practices, very competitive,” he said. “The kids have high intensity, competing with each other, which is good. Last year, there was a drop-off. This year, it’s not as much of a drop-off. It’s healthy.”

The Ramblers are looking to finish above .500 for the first time since 2013.

“I’m pretty excited about this group,” Lockhart said. “If we can do a few little things good this year, I think we can surprise some people, which is nice.”

On deck, the Ramblers play at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at home against Utica High.