Rams B-ball team sizes up new season
CARBONDALE ” Together, this year’s Roaring Fork boys basketball team might not be the total package. Yet, to many, the 2005-06 Rams come real close.
Despite losing key components in all-leaguers Aaron Markham and Nic Lough to graduation from last season’s Class 3A state runner-up team, Roaring Fork has a large number of returning lettermen to pick up the slack.
“For sure, this is our most athletic bunch,” said head coach Roger Walters. “I’m not sure how many true basketball players we have, but, being athletic is going to allow us to run the floor, play solid on the defensive end and create some things for us to get some easy looks offensively.”
Among those being looked as key contributors are seniors Christian Tena, a first-team, all-league selection in 2004-05; plus Parker Nieslanik and Adam Joiner.
Nieslanik and Parker, both starters last year, received honorable mention on the 04-05 all-league squad.
So far as changes go, Walters doesn’t plan to stray away from what’s worked the past two season’s he’s coached at Roaring Fork.
“We’re going to do what we’ve done the past two years here and really change nothing in what we’re going to try to do,” he said. “We’ll be up-tempo (on offense) and get after you a little bit defensively.”
So far as picking a starting five, Walters wants to see what comes out of this weekend’s scrimmage against Class 5A Grand Junction.
“We’re going to see what the scrimmage brings and we’ll go from there,” he explained.
Positives the Rams bring with them into the scrimmage against the Tigers is knowledge of Walter’s system and team chemistry.
“The thing that sticks out is how well the kids get along and care about each other,” he said. “And another thing that we got going for us is this group has been in the program for three years. They know what the system entails and they don’t have to do a lot of thinking on the floor.”
Roaring Fork is also aiming for it’s third straight regular-season title. A challenge Walters said is tougher than past years.
“Our league gets better every year. It’s a struggle and a dogfight night in and night out.
We’re going to have to be at the top of our game,” Walters continued. “We will do well if we play as hard as we can on the defensive end. We will struggle if we don’t share the ball.”
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