Coaches get a look at incoming frosh at Courtside

Rocklin, Whitney assess basketball future
By: Jeremy McDonald/Placer Herald Sports
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Rocklin and Whitney high schools are taking part in the Courtside Basketball Center freshman boys basketball league this summer.

The four-week league features eight teams, which include Christian Brothers, Granite Bay, Placer, Antelope, Nevada Union and Bella Vista, as well as the Thunder and Wildcats. The idea is to allow incoming freshman and freshman coaches to get acquainted with one another ahead of tryouts in the fall.

“It’ll give teams with incoming freshman for the 2014-2015 school year a chance to see who could make the team and wouldn’t make the team come November,” said CBC Marketing Director Doug Brown.

The camp will be every Wednesday night from June 11 through July 2; games will start in one-hour increments and each team will play two games a night in four, 10-minute quarters.

The Thunder and Wildcats are working to get their young cagers on pace with their older teammates come fall practice.

“Speaking from a coach’s angle, playing together and learning the system; to learn our coaches and learn each other,” said Brown.

At the end of the day, Brown said whether win or lose, it is how they learn and improve.

On Whitney’s end, it is the same while also learning the fundamentals of the system.

“It’s primarily to get them used to running the system here at Whitney, getting to the coaches and learning the fundamentals of It.” said assistant junior varsity coach Wayne Sharrah, who was coaching the freshman squad Wednesday.

Day one did yield mixed results for both squads; however, as Rocklin and the ‘Cats each won one of two games they played.

Rocklin struggled against Christian Brothers offensively and defensively. The Thunder rebounded to win their second game against Bella Vista.

“We have to play differently on the freshman level than we did at the eighth-grade level,” said Brown, who was also in charge of the Rocklin club.

Brown said that they needed to improve on their hustle and to leave it all out on the floor.

Whitney came out blazing against Antelope, but had to hold off a Titans’ rally in the second half for the win. Antelope used a 17-2 run to open the second half and made the game interesting. 

Fatigue seemed to catch up to the Wildcats entering their second game against Granite Bay. The Grizzlies jumped out to a quick lead that Whitney could not overcome, despite a fourth-quarter run to narrow Granite Bay’s lead before the buzzer ended play.