WLC boys hoops riding momentum

By: Christian Davis | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 2, 2016

 Walled Lake Central senior guard Walter Kelser leans in for a shot in a game earlier this season. The Vikings were 8-2 overall at press time.

Walled Lake Central senior guard Walter Kelser leans in for a shot in a game earlier this season. The Vikings were 8-2 overall at press time.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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WALLED LAKE — After one of the best seasons in school history, Walled Lake Central boys basketball coach Chuck Spolsky knows the expectations surrounding his program are high.

The Vikings won their first regional title since 1993 last season before falling in a Class A quarterfinal.

Though Spolsky said the focus has to be on each quarter, each game.

“Our job as coaches is to prepare and make sure the kids understand that they have to take it one game at a time. Sometimes kids get caught up scoreboard watching, but it’s not about that. It’s really about preaching good habits,” Spolsky said. “You preach good habits every game, every practice, and then in big games, those habits help us.”

At press time, Central was 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the Kensington Lakes Athletics Association North Division. Its lone loss in the division came by four points to rival Walled Lake Western.

The Vikings are looking for their fourth straight division title and play Western (5-0 North) again at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 on the road. 

Central has three starters back from last season’s run, but Spolsky said that it’s taken time for the team to jell.

“So far this year, we’re getting everyone’s best game. We’re not sneaking up on anyone. So we need the effort to keep matching that. It’s a long road to get back there. It’s a process,” he said.

The coach added that he’s been pleased with the effort so far.

“Aside from eight minutes against Western, I thought they’ve done pretty well this year. The senior leadership has been great,” the coach said. “We’re right where we want to be.” 

Spolsky said that when his team is playing at its best, it’s limiting opponents to one shot and getting out in transition for easy buckets. 

One of the goals is to be playing their best when March rolls around.

The ultimate goal is to take the next step as a program and get past the quarterfinal round.

“Going to the Breslin Center is our goal; we’re not going to shy away from it,” Spolsky said. “You have to get some breaks. I don’t want to say lucky, because you earn your breaks, but you need a lot of things to go your way. It’s a grind.

“We know we should be able to compete with anyone in the state. It’s just about execution, taking care of the basketball and playing good defense.”

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