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Troy Athens welcomes new boys basketball coach

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published January 18, 2011

 Troy Athens boys basketball coach Dave Scott talks with his team during a break. Scott coached the Athens girls team to a championship last season. Left: Athens senior captain Christian Conley spots up for a shot in a recent practice.

Troy Athens boys basketball coach Dave Scott talks with his team during a break. Scott coached the Athens girls team to a championship last season. Left: Athens senior captain Christian Conley spots up for a shot in a recent practice.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FERNDALE — Dave Scott has seen his share of success with the Troy Athens girls basketball program, including an Oakland Activities Association championship.

Now in his first season with the boys, he knows the style of play may be different, but there’s still one main ingredient for success.

“We think we have some pretty athletic kids and we have some size. Our main goal is that we try not to get outworked,” he said Jan. 13 before taking on Ferndale High. “We want to rebound, make it hard for them to score, and when we play with an intensity and an urgency, we’re not bad.

“You have to have some skills, some fundamentals and size, but effort and intensity is everything,” he continued. “A lot of times, the difference between winning and losing is the effort and energy that you put in.”

The Red Hawks were 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the OAA White at press time.

With the introduction of a new coach and style of play, they opened with consecutive losses, but senior Christian Conley said the squad is improving.

“It was rough at first. The first couple games we still had to get a rhythm. He’s a really good coach, and it’s been a good transition,” he said. “We know we can’t be turning the ball over 30 times a game. We’ve learned from our mistakes and matured a lot.”

Conley said the team was much more methodical last season with the ball, while this year they are looking to push more.

When Athens is in the half court, it looks to go inside to senior center Jake Duzey (14 points per game and 10 rebounds) or kick it back out for an open jumper.

“When we’re on, we’re on,” Conley said. “They can’t stop both. It’s either one or the other.”

The Red Hawks have seen signs that they are on the right track, including beating Clarkston High, which Scott said was a program first. They also took two-time Class C defending state champ Melvindale Academy for Business and Tech down to the final minute before falling.

Scott admits it was a tough decision to take over the boys team, but the support from the team has eased the transition.

“It’s been great, and we have a great group of kids … it makes it enjoyable,” he said. “It’s coming along. I think the kids are giving the effort and intensity that it takes.”

Catch the Red Hawks against Rochester Adams at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at home.

 

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