Athens boys basketball learning on the fly

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published January 26, 2016

 Troy Athens coach Dave Scott speaks with his team during a break in the action against North Farmington. Scott said a true measure of his team’s improvement will come when they meet league opponents for a second time.

Troy Athens coach Dave Scott speaks with his team during a break in the action against North Farmington. Scott said a true measure of his team’s improvement will come when they meet league opponents for a second time.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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TROY — Before the season began, Troy Athens boys basketball coach Dave Scott knew there would be bumps in the road.

The Red Hawks moved to the Oakland Activities Association Red Division this season after winning the White the past two years.

On top of the move, the Red Hawks graduated 10 players, leaving a young, inexperienced roster.

At press time, the Red Hawks were 1-8 overall and 1-2 in the Red.

“Wins and losses, we knew it would be a challenge this season,” Scott said. “Obviously, we’d like to be better than we are right now, but we already won a league game, which was the first win in the Red in school history.”

Following a 72-40 loss to North Farmington Jan. 22 at home, Scott credited his seniors for keeping the team together, and noted there were signs in the game that the team is heading in the right direction.

“The young guys, they knew coming in it would be a learning experience. We got a lesson today,” Scott said. “I thought early on, we really took it to (North Farmington). I thought we were right in the game and handled our business pretty well.”

The Red Hawks trailed by only one point midway through the second quarter before the Raiders pulled away.

“There are flashes, and those flashes are getting longer. This was a great test for us,” Scott said. “Hopefully, when we see them again, those flashes will be even longer.”

Scott added that the true test of the team’s improvement will be when it sees divisional teams for a second time.

“That’s really the goal and what we tell the kids. These are the games we wanted. We wanted to be in this division; we wanted this challenge, and we think this will get us ready for March,” he said. “We’re hoping this gets us ready so that we can do something special.

“It’s a process; we know that. We have to trust what we’re doing is right and then, hopefully, we see the results.”

Catch the Red Hawks against Rochester Adams at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 on the road.

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