Patriots find balance the key to a successful start Carroll Christian BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Staff Writer

While the public schools teams are just getting started tonight, Carroll Christian's boys basketball team already is off to one of its best starts ever at 6-1.

The Patriots' six wins are one more than the team enjoyed in last year's 5-18 campaign.

First-year coach Randy Peterson says it has been a total team effort as the team prepares for its Mason-Dixon Christian conference season-opener at Calvary tonight.

"We're just playing together as a team and everyone is doing their job," he said. "Every game someone different has stepped up to do what it takes."

The Patriots have three players averaging double figures.

Senior center Shilo Mitchell leads the way with 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

Sophomore forward Matt Good is contributing 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, and senior guard Kevin Ash is the team's top three-point shooter, averaging 11.5 points.

Senior Matt Greenstreet (8.5 points, 6.0 assists) runs the show at point guard.

Also playing major roles are seniors Jeff Calafos and Chris Hulver, and juniors Mike Wadel and Ben Lieb.

"We have the talent, it was just a matter of bringing it out," Peterson said.

After going mostly man-to-man defensively with a basic set offense last season, Peterson has mixed things up a bit this season with a variety of defenses and more set plays offensively.

The Patriots have a full-court press, half-court traps, three different zones and also go man-to-man.

Offensively, Peterson is getting everyone involved.

"We're still not doing everything right, but the kids are learning fast and everyone is involved and contributing," Peterson said.

"We're trying to get the kids to concentrate on what we do best and not what the other teams can do. You can have all the complicated defenses in the world, but the team who can rebound, score and play the tougher defense will come out on top."

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