October 23, 2014

Eagles look to improve after rebuilding year

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TWINING — The Arenac Eastern boys’ basketball team experienced what coach Bob Morgan called a “rebuilding year” last year, but he’s confident the Eagles are ready to make their mark in the 2009-10 season.

He said last year’s 4-16 record was partly due to the new system he implemented in 2008-09, his first year as the varsity coach.

“As a new coach I put in entirely different offenses and defenses than the kids were accustomed to. They’ve had to learn a completely new system,” he said. “They actually improved a lot as the season went on. We were in nearly every game we played last year, however the kids just needed to learn to win.”

And some new additions to the varsity squad – sophomore Kyle Zobel and seniors who played junior varsity, but not last year, Al Bilacic and Terry Gerard – are part of Morgan’s plan to turn things around this season.

He said Zobel and Gerard, as well as returning senior Caleb Whitney will give the team the motor to run with its opponents.

“With the addition of Zobel and Gerard, at the guard positions along with Whitney, we greatly increase our speed,” Morgan said.

However, the speedy backcourt doesn’t mean returning players that patrol the front court, which includes seniors Kevin Kovacs, Graham Morgan, John Chmura, Terry Gerard and junior Willy Nelson, aren’t expected to get the job done.

“Our big guys, Morgan, Kovacs, Chmura, Bilacic and Nelson will compete with any team on the boards,” he said.

But, Coach Morgan added his team is lacking when it comes to knocking down shots away from the basket.

“One of our downfalls will be our perimeter shooting … something we work on every day,” Morgan said. “Also, the boys must learn how to win. Then it becomes easier.”

The Eagles tip off the season Dec. 8 at Akron-Fairgrove.

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