Marauders see improved defense as the path to success | Boys basketball
Last updated 8/8/2018 at Noon
The Mariner boys basketball team has fallen on hard times the last two seasons.
The Marauders finished at the bottom of the Wesco 4A standings and has won only two league contests during that time.
But after a successful spring and summer coach Tevin Dillon has reason for optimism.
Mariner had a busy offseason with the team playing in five different tournaments.
The Marauders return four of their key players from last year seniors Edwin Bouah, and juniors Simon Fanuel, Tony MacArthur and Diego Septimo-Ruiz.
“The returning experience is great,” Dillon said. “The returning guys are really on a mission.”
As the point guard, Bouah has seized a leadership role this summer and the Marauders have benefited.
“He’s really helping us to be successful,” Dillon said.
Bouah also is a scoring threat and Dillon plans to take advantage of those skills.
“We want to get him off the ball,” the Mariner coach said. “He’s really electric. He’s doing a really good job of facilitating his teammates.”
MacArthur and senior Chris Hendrickson, who missed most of the season with a leg injury, have both put solid numbers.
“They’re doing a good job offensively,” Dillon said.
Much of the work this summer has been improving Mariner’s defense. The Marauders allowed 58.6 points last season, the second highest average in the league. The numbers did show an improvement over the 2016-17 season when Mariner gave up a league high 66.2 points per game.
“We’re really changing our defense, how we play defense,” Dillon said. “That’s really helped us. We’re continuing to work on that.”
Dillon wants the Marauders to pressure their opponents more than they have the last couple of years.
“We just want to be more aggressive on defense and really set the tone on the defensive side of the ball,” Dillon said.
Mariner’s inside game took a bit of hit with the loss of some of its taller players.
Dillon expects the Marauders to instead focus on their strengths.
“For us, we need to get up the floor and play quick,” he said.