Belding boys basketball team ready to play Cedar Springs

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:56 am on Friday, January 03, 2014

Belding’s Kole Hart, left, shoots over Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Bryce Witham (42) and Christian Rogalski (23) during the teams’ game Dec. 28. — File photo


BELDING – Belding’s boys basketball team has had a week to think about what went wrong in their last game.

The Redskins lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic Saturday 58-37. Since then Belding has been trying to repair the damage in time for today’s game against Cedar Springs.

Coach Jeff Wierzbicki said things have went well in practice so far.

“After watching the tape I think our guys realize what they need to do to compete and get a win against Cedar (Springs),” Wierzbicki said.

The Red Hawks are 2-0 after beating Wyoming Tri-unity Christian 39-31 Dec. 17, but had their game against Comstock Park Dec. 20 postponed due to weather. So they haven’t played in three weeks.

That’s directly opposed to Belding and their game Saturday. But Wierzbicki doesn’t think either team will have much rust.

“I don’t think this time off will be too much of a factor,” he said. “Cedar has had two weeks off so they’re in the same situation.”

Wierzbicki said there were two players the Redskins have to deal with.

“Cedar, against us last year and in their two games this year, they have two good players in (Cam) Link and (Brad) Brechting,” he said. “Both players can go off for 20 points a game. So we have to keep those two players in check and make the other players score the basketball.”

Also, “Cedar’s very similar in size and the way their guards play,” Wierzbicki said. “So we need to make sure we get off to a quick start and are able to maintain our intensity and position for rebounding the whole game.”

Wierzbicki wants to have a pace similar to the game against Greenville where Belding put up 83 points in a loss.

“Offensively, like I said earlier, as long as we can make sure the tempo stays at a fast past that will help us the whole game,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a Greenville-Belding game where the teams score 80. The team that executes and is the most consistent will come out on top.”

But the biggest thing is that the Redskins have to avoid lulls in a game, he said.

“We need to make sure we play 32 minutes and not two minutes here and two minutes there, I think we’ll be in great shape,” Wierzbicki said.

Wierzbicki is also having a student-vs-teacher matchup.

“I know coach Pat (Jeff Patin) over there,” he said. “He coached me in college for four years. I would expect their team to buckle down defensively.”

The game will be the back end of a boy-girl doubleheader, with the girls game starting at 4 p.m.

Other games on today’s schedule has Greenville at Sparta in a boy-girl doubleheader, Vestaburg boys at Central Montcalm, Montabella’s boys at home against Breckenridge, Montabella’s girls at Beal City and Shepherd’s girls at Carson City-Crystal.

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