PREP FOCUS: Central Catholic points to league season
Unfortunately for the Central Catholic boys basketball team, the success of the Rams' football team has taken a toll.
The Rams won the football state title on Dec. 7, which meant that Central Catholics basketball team had to wait a long time to get many of its players onto the floor.
The reality is weve had about 24 days together as a team, and its hard to get a lot of reps and touches in that amount of time, Rams basketball coach Dan Munson said Friday, after a 40-35 loss at Jesuit.
"And with this being our 13th game, weve only had about 12 days of actual practice, and thats tough," Munson said. "But it is what it is. We played really hard tonight, and all of our mistakes are correctable.
"With time, focus and well get there.
The Rams' defense has given up 58.9 points per game. Central Catholics offense can be good at times, and has scored 60 or more points in six games, but it also can be inconsistent.
Weve gone back and forth this year, Munson says. With our football guys coming out so late, weve had some tough times scoring. Weve also had games where we scored in the 80s, depending on our lineup and whats going on.
The Rams are 4-9 with one more non-league game, against Kent-Meridan (Wash.) before they start Mt. Hood Conference play.
Football may have set a precedent for winning, but the basketball team made it to the state championship game last season.
The guys have been successful, Munson said. A lot of these guys were part of the team last year and won the football championship this year. These guys have high expectations. Theyre frustrated about themselves, and they know theres a lot on it.
"But, you cant play tight. Youve got to continue to play aggressive, and I just keep telling them it will come with time.
While the Rams are not nearly where Munson wants them to be, he said the good news is that the team still has time to get better in conference play before the playoffs roll around.
This team has a ton of room for growth, Munson said. Theres a lot of young, really talented guys, and our issue has been playing 32 minutes. We play really hard in spurts, and we look really, really good. Its just the consistency piece in finishing.
"That only comes with experience. That only comes with time and repetition. The nice part is we have 11 more games before we get into playoffs, and well continue to clean a lot of things up in that time.