Arrows Looking To Get On Track Soon

  • 12/12/2017 1:45:17 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

ASHLAND, OH-  The Ashland Arrows boys basketball team has started the season at 0-2 after losses to Sandusky 65-54, then to Wooster 54-48.  The Arrows have been in both games, but have yet to be able to finish.  Coach Jason Hess said against Sandusky the team started to slow.  Last week against the Generals Ashland was aggressive but turned the ball over way too much.

"The encouraging thing is with the 30 turnovers and poor shooting performance, we're still in the ballgame.  So that gives us a glimpse of what we are capable of doing and now we need to fine-tune some of those small things."

"We're thinking too much and trying to do too much as a team," says 6'7" senior Manny Langston.  I think we need to be ourselves and have some fun.  We're trying too much.  Once we start playing as a team that's when we'll get going."

Hess agrees that the team may be pressing a bit.  "We do need to relax and just play.  I feel last week we put too much pressure on ourselves and that was leading to some of our turnovers."

This week Ashland will try to get their first win of the season as they travel to Madison to take on the 1-2 Rams.  Madison picked up their win last Saturday bouncing Norwalk 75-51. 

"I think we'll have to be aggressive on defense and start moving the ball more on offense," says sophomore guard Mitch Heilman.  We've been struggling on offense, but we've been making changes and hopefully, the changes will work and we'll score more points." 

Both the Rams and Arrows have height.  The Arrows starting five averages right around 6'3", Madison right around 6'2". 

"It's a good matchup," says Hess.  They've got a couple bigs (Kyle Jackson 6'6" and Mason Campbell 6'4") that are talented inside and out.  I think our bigs can play inside and out too.  They are coming off a big win at Norwalk and shot the ball well.  I'm hoping we are ready to play and give it a good effort and we'll see what happens." 

The Arrows will play host to Toledo Start on Saturday night in non-league action.  The Spartans are 2-1 and play Toledo Bowsher on Friday.

The Ashland/Madison game can be seen live on WMFD TV Mansfield Friday at 7:30 pm.  The audio can also be heard live on the radio on 97.3 FM WRGM.

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