Chargers improve on the boards in loss

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Central High School’s varsity boys basketball team fell to 0-2 this season after its 73-25 loss to visiting Bluestone High School on Friday, showing some growth and some persisting areas of weakness that need to be turned into strengths.

“While we improved in rebounding, our turnovers are still a major factor in limiting our scoring,” Central Head Coach Mike McGrath said.

In their season opener Dec. 7, the Chargers fell 69-17 to host Buckingham County High School.

Reacting to that performance, McGrath said, “We have to reduce our turnovers. Buckingham scored 34 points on our turnovers. We also rebounded poorly. Those two things have to improve immediately.”

Development in rebounding could help explain the slight uptick in scoring, but not taking better care of the ball could also help explain what the uptick was slight.

“We must jell together and limit our turnovers to become more competitive,” McGrath said.

Another positive Central can take from the Bluestone game in addition to rebounding is that multiple players were key contributors. Junior T’zion Wilkerson had six points and four rebounds, sophomore Cameron Kates had five points, three boards and two assists, junior Khalil Wood had four points and five boards, and sophomore Tyler McGrath added three points and four rebounds.