Two games and two losses into the 2002-03 season and the members of the HRV boys basketball team are starting to realize a few things about themselves.
“We need to get out quicker on the shooters,” senior point guard Andy Holmson said. “So far we’ve been pretty good defensively, but teams tend to shoot the three really well against us.”
Long-range damage is what hurt the Eagles in each of their first two games — a 58-52 loss to Centennial on Dec. 6 and a 61-45 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic on Tuesday.
Another pitfall for the Eagles (0-2) thus far has been their inability to finish games.
“We’re showing our inexperience right now,” coach Phil Vesel said. “It’s been the little things that have hurt us late in games, and once we correct them, it will start to show in the results.”
A handful of little mistakes in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s game cost HRV a chance to knock off the Rams — a former conference rival that is rebuilding after a playoff campaign in 2001-02.
“We went from being down six with three minutes remaining, to being down 11 with nobody to blame but ourselves,” Vesel said.
The first-year head coach said he has been happy with the team’s intensity and hustle on defense, but still wants them to improve their offensive sets.
“We missed the wide-open man under the hoop way too many times on Tuesday,” he said. “So we’re going to start focusing more on our offense in practice, and hopefully correct some of the preseason glitches.”
The preseason doesn’t figure to get any easier, however. HRV’s next three games include dates with former Mt. Hood Conference foes David Douglas and Gresham, and Clackamas, which is led by the state’s leading scorer, 6-foot, 11-inch Tyson Papenfuss.
“Threes won’t be the problem this game,” Holmson said. “It will be more an issue of trying to contain the 7-footer.”
Either way, the Eagles have their work cut out for them against the Cavaliers, who are in town today for a 1 p.m. contest.
Todd Shypertt led HRV Tuesday with 11 points and chipped in five rebounds. Holmson had eight points and five assists, while Heath Goin had four points and six boards.
Central Catholic 61, HRV 45
HRV — Shypertt 11, Holmson 8, Murillo 8, Monzie 6, Bohn 6, Goin 4, Fogle 2