Off to the races

Well, for better or for worse, I have officially entered the world of blogging.  What does that mean for you, the avid RFH basketball fan?  It means that in addition to the more formal game articles and interviews that we post on the Dawg Report, I’ll be blogging from time to time.  Sometimes the blog will feature analysis and thoughts on the boys and girls basketball teams; other times, I’ll throw in a ‘You Wouldn’t Have Known This From Sitting In The Stands’ type story; you might even get a rant here and there about the state of the Rutgers men’s basketball team, depending on how frustrated I get once my Scarlet Knights start getting clobbered during the Big East schedule.  The point is, this blog will be a more informal place for me to get the fans even more coverage of RFH basketball.

I’m sure some of you are already wondering, what’s with the name of the blog?  Back when I was a freshman, Joe Murphy (RFH physical education teacher and offensive line coach) gave me the nickname Scoop, because, as the resident reporter at school, I usually have the “scoop” on RFH sports.  But enough about me; let’s talk basketball.

We’ll start with the girls, simply because after the first two games, I really don’t have that much to say.  So far, the girls have participated in a 77-15 beatdown of Matawan  and a 75-26 pounding of Monsignor Donovan.   Obviously, those two scores are real eye-catchers, simply because of the gigantic margin of victory.   Yes, blowouts like that are great. But I am even more impressed that the girls have put 152 points on the scoreboard through two games.  We all know what to expect on defense from a Sourlis-coached team.  Holding teams to 15 points and 26 points in the first two games of the season is phenomenal.  But point totals in the 70s are really uncommon for a high school team.  Getting off to such a solid start on offense definitely bodes well for the girls.

Moving on to the boys, I think there is a bit more to talk about, considering they found themselves down 17-5 early in their season opener.  I truly believe that the abrupt change of game location due to a leak in the gym at RFH had a role in the team coming out flat.  One of the most exciting things for a high school athlete is playing your opener in front of a jacked up home crowd, and having to head out to Matawan must have been a dissappointment.  I know the traditionalists will argue that you do what you have to do, regardless of the circumstances, and there’s no excuse for such a poor start.  But as a fellow athlete, I can attest to the fact that when you’re preparing to play under one set of conditions, and then suddenly, you have to prepare for another, it can shake you mentally.

Ultimately, the boys pulled out the 48-37 win, which is the most important thing.  I am excited by the way it happened, with sophomore Kevin Alter knocking down three big 3-pointers to spur the team towards a victory.  Alter stepping in and making such an impact is huge for the long term prospects for this team.  Matt Blumel and James LeCardi both scoring in single digits is simply an anomaly; they will both be consistent double digit scorers throughout the season.  But after that, where is the rest of the offense going to come from?  The jury is still out on who the complimentary third and fourth options are going to be.  Could it be Alter? At this point, who knows.  Nonetheless, Alter’s performance shows that this team has depth, which is always a positive.

Anyways, that’s enough out of me.  Good luck to both the boys and girls tonight at Holmdel.  Happy Holidays to all!

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