Boys basketball has tough start, but moves forward to build experience

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The varsity boys basketball team played Franklin on Jan. 11, losing 50-29. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

So far, the varsity boys basketball team has a record of 0-4, but Head Coach Sean Mulkerrins said the focus isn’t on what’s happened, but on what lies ahead.

With a number of freshman and sophomores, Mulkerrins said the current team is inexperienced compared to previous years, but they’ve been working hard to improve. He credited seniors Brody Rosenberg and Casey Poirier—both co-captains—along with Nate Bennett and Gavin Wells for leading by example.

We talked a lot about showing the young kids how we do things,” said Mulkerrins. “We’re not being frustrated by a lack of experience.”

Last season, the team finished 8-3 and Mulkerrins said during those games they lost, starting players were out with COVID. The team played in the division finals and one non-league game against Attleboro for their 100th anniversary, which they won. George Ladd was a senior that season and Co-MVP of the Davenport Division, with an average of 20 points a game, a career high of 30 points, and averaging a double-double in points and rebounds.

We felt like when we had the full complement, we were the best,” said Mulkerrins.

In order to build up, the team has been hard at work in between games to improve offense and defense, taking advantage of gaps in between games from the holidays. Last Friday, games against Foxboro were canceled due to a COVID situation, which Mulkerrins said gives more time to practice.

As the head coach, that’s what I want,” he said.