The Port Clinton Redskin boys’ basketball team has been struggling, not just with making shots and maintaining intensity and discipline on defense, but keeping healthy players on the floor. With a makeshift lineup last Friday, the Redskins managed to control the Edison Chargers for a 46-35 win on the road.
The Redskins are playing without a pair of senior starters – Aaron Mier and Jason Faust. Mier had knee surgery last Friday and is likely done for the year. Faust has a strained Achilles and might come back in February.
Redskin Coach Troy Diels has no other choice but to ask for other players to step up. One who has is 6-foot, 6-inch tall Alex Greene, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds against Edison.
“Alex has been very solid for us this year,” says Coach Diels. “He has consistently put up good numbers. His teammates have done a nice job getting him the ball and Alex has responded.”
Greene’s 11 points led the Redskins balanced scoring attack that took charge early against Edison, taking 16-7 advantage after the first quarter. “I liked our intensity from the start of the game,” said Coach Diels on Monday. “We came out with a purpose and set the tone against them and established a lead that we were able to keep throughout the course of the game.”
Thursday night the Redskins host the 1-11 Oak Harbor Rockets in an attempt to make it two straight. “I have had a chance to see them play recently,” says Coach Diels. “They are perimeter oriented and they are led by Greg Haar, (who led them in scoring last Friday night in a loss to Margaretta). He is a very good talent and quietly having a good year. We need to have someone step up and take on the challenge of guarding him.”
The Redskins come back on Saturday night with another SBC game against improving Margaretta on the road. “They have been on a roller coaster as well this year,” says Troy Diels. “We were able to disrupt their flow on offense the last time and we will need to do that again if we expect to get a win at Margaretta. I feel we have an advantage on the inside and we will try to take advantage of it.”