But despite the 0-3 record, head coach Chris Brown has seen plenty of reason to remain optimistic for the season.
“The kids have shown some real promise, and definitely improved over the three games,” Brown said.
As expected, Dylan Howe and Logan Park have been leading the way, with Howe averaging better than 11 points again and Park pulling down nearly 10 boards a night. Howe nearly started the season with a triple-double, amassing 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists the first night.
“Plus, we’ve been especially strong with our defensive intensity,” Brown added. “We may end up being a really good defensive team this year.”
After falling, 57-47, to Procter in the season opener, the Wildcats have yet to give up another 50 points to their opponents. Otter Valley won, 49-38. And Green Mountain managed even fewer points in a 43-41 win on Tuesday. Twin Valley had held the Chieftains to just 15 first-half points, taking a three-point lead at the break before fading down the stretch.
While “defense wins championships” may be a somewhat tired adage, it’s hard to argue with its validity. So if Brown’s squad can find a few more points, the boys may be well on their way to a season turnaround.
“I don’t know that we’ll be explosive, but we’ve shown some flashes on the offensive end,” Brown said. “We just need to figure out how to be more effective on offense.”
It’s still just a nascent season for the Wildcats and as Brown explained, each player is in a new role this year. There are bound to be a few growing pains. But as the kids get more comfortable in their roles, Brown anticipates the scoring to follow.
Cooper Pell has stepped up to the tune of seven points per game, and Dylan Dupuis, still just a sophomore, has put in some quality minutes and added five points and six rebounds a night.
“We’re going to keep watching plenty of tape and see where we can improve,” Brown said. “It’s been an encouraging season so far.”
Twin Valley takes on Springfield today at Green Mountain, then visits Arlington Memorial on Wednesday, January 3, at 7 pm.