Central learns from opening loss

Published 5:33 pm Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Central High School’s varsity boys basketball team gained some strong insight into its areas of needed improvement Friday night in its season opener. The Knights struggled significantly en route to a 69-17 road loss to Buckingham County High School.

The Chargers trailed 16-4 after the first quarter, 36-12 at halftime and 53-14 after three quarters.

“We have to reduce our turnovers,” Central Head Coach Mike McGrath said. “Buckingham scored 34 points on our turnovers. We also rebounded poorly. Those two things have to improve immediately.”

There were few highlights to be mentioned for Central, but McGrath did mention one.

“The only positive from the game was the kids played hard, they did not quit or give in,” he said.

The Chargers (0-1) were scheduled to host Cumberland County High School on Tuesday, but McGrath said Monday night that he expected that game to be rescheduled due to lingering effects of the recent major winter storm.

Central is scheduled to travel to William Campbell High School on Thursday and then will host Bluestone High School on Friday. Both games are set for 7 p.m.

McGrath shared some additional clear goals he has for his team, moving forward.

“We have to be more creative on offense,” he said. “When our best three-point shooter gets one look, that’s not good. We need to be more aggressive going to the basket with the ball.”