The season began anew for the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School boys basketball team on Thursday. And although it ended in a 73-51 loss to visiting Pine Bush, coach Kevin Hart expects his team to progress as the season goes on.
It will have a chance to make some progress on Saturday, when Hart’s Presidents face Newburgh Free Academy in the Pioneer Classic at Poughkeepsie High School.
“They’re going to be quick and athletic,” Hart said of Newburgh. “We need to limit their transition opportunities and we need to slow the tempo down and take care of the ball each possession.”
Against Pine Bush, Noah Rosado led Roosevelt with 17 points, including making two shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Fellow President Ethan Hart scored 13 points. Some work in practice, Hart said, is in order.
“We’ve got to do a much better job taking care of the basketball with each possession,” the coach said, noting that turnovers helped cost his team the game. “We have to do a better job of executing.”
Having graduated nine seniors, Hart understands his team is young. Still, the Presidents remain excited for the new year.
“We’re in a positive mindset,” Hart said. “The kids know we’re young and a little inexperienced. I think we’re going to grow and learn as the season goes on, and we’ll just have to continue to work hard in practice.”
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