W. Md. looks for speedy start Green Terrors are ready to run College basketball

November 24, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland men's basketball coach Nick Zoulias would love to see his Green Terrors pick up right where they left off last season.

The Terrors finished the year with five straight wins after starting 3-1 and then losing 11 straight.

One thing the four-year coach can guarantee is a hard-working group that will play some exciting basketball.

"I feel very good about this team," he said. "The kids have worked hard during the off-season and we have some exciting players to watch out for."

One of the Green Terrors' strengths this season is speed, and Zoulias plans to take advantage of it with a strong transition game.

"We'll try to use our speed and quickness to get some easy vTC baskets," he said. "It's going to be important for us to execute both offensively and defensively and we have to take care of the ball."

Western Maryland has eight players returning, led by junior forward Rolando Welch.

The 6-foot-3 Welch averaged just under 11 points and eight rebounds a game and coach Zoulias is expecting even bigger things from him this season.

"He'll play power forward and we'll use him at the post, too," Zoulias said. "He's got great speed and can run the court well. He rebounds and can also step out and shoot the three along with scoring inside."

Welch will get some inside help with the return of senior center Paul Pawlowski.

The 6-7 post player played a major role in the Green Terrors' 3-1 start and then missed the rest of the year with a knee problem.

Pawlowski still is not quite 100 percent after reconstruction surgery, but his experience and size will be a factor.

"We're looking for him to play about 50 percent of the minutes," Zoulias said. "He's been playing very effectively and his experience and size will help. He's worked very hard to get back to where he is and we're just happy to have him."

Senior Scott Lyon is in his third season running the show at point guard. Zoulias said Lyon has improved his game over the year and will be the team's "stabilizing influence."

Last season, he averaged 12 points a game, but it's his strong leadership and court savvy that the Green Terrors look to him for the most.

Lyon's starting backcourt mate is flashy sophomore Pat Young. As a freshman, Young averaged 11 points a game and connected on nearly 35 percent of his three-point attempts.

"He's one of our catalysts," Zoulias said. "He's a high-spirited player who does a lot of intangible things to keep us high. He's got a great shot and a lot of speed."

Sophomore Tony Jenkins will start at small forward for Zoulias. The 6-4 sophomore came on strong in the last five games last season and continues to improve.

Zoulias said another important factor as the season progresses is the development of the younger players to add needed depth.

Sophomore forward Mark Steele led the junior varsity in scoring last season and Zoulias believes he can contribute with his outside shooting.

Some freshmen newcomers with a chance to see playing time this season are 6-5 forwards Travis Gamble and Jeff Daniels, and 6-4 forward Austin Hatch.

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