Belding boys basketball coach optimistic despite tough start

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:53 am on Monday, December 26, 2011

Belding’s Jake Chickering (40) puts up a running jumper amongst three Carson City-Crystal players during their game Dec. 20. — File photos

BELDING — If you ask Belding boys basketball coach Brian Babbitt about his 0-5 start, he takes an optimistic view of it.

“The final score is about the only thing in my opinion that hasn’t gone our way,” Babbitt said. “I’ve been pleased with their effort and extremely pleased with their attitude. Their work ethic is phenomenal.”

The biggest thing he’s seeing is teamwork.

“Through the first four games we’ve had 67 field goals and 51 assists,” Babbitt said. “That number tells me a lot about the type of team we have. So to have a number like that is pretty nice.”

But of course, when you are still looking for your first win, there are some things that the Redskins need to do to get that first win.

“A couple things we need to focus on is playing a little bit tougher defense, rebounding and getting to the free throw line and knocking down free throws,” Babbitt said. “Those three things are within our control. If we continue to do the things we’re doing well we’ll come out on top.”

Free throws were the major problem in Belding’s most recent game, a 47-46 loss to Carson City-Crystal Dec. 20. The Redskins were 0-of-13 in the first half from the charity stripe and 4-of-19 for the game.

“Would we like to be 5-0? Sure. But the guys are working their tails off,” Babbitt said.

Babbitt likes the defense his team is playing and it also can contribute to winning, he said.

“I think we need to get off to a better start,” he said. “When we get our defense going, we’re a tough team to score against and we can create offense from our defense.”

Another thing that has hampered Belding is the lack of a bench. But that will change, Babbitt said.

“We have an explosive bench, although we’re a little inexperienced,” he said. “We had five guys out, but we’ve finally got all 13 guys practicing. We’re young and our bench is going to be the big thing to help us.”

The Redskins are off until Jan. 3, so there’s time to work on things over the holiday break. Babbitt plans to do just that.

“We don’t play during the break, which is nice,” he said. “We’ve got eight practices where we just focus on us.”

Coming up on Belding’s schedule is mostly games against foes in the O-K Blue Conference.

“In the conference we just need to take it game by game,” Babbitt said. “We need to, No. 1, take away some of the things they do. They (opponents) are going to exploit our mismatches and we have to look to do the same thing.”

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