Enter Huntington Beach Marina (7-2) who has modeled its basketball program after one of the highest scoring four-year college teams in the nation.
coach Roger Holmes took his new scheme into the Inland Empire this month and
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"We are venturing into a whole new system and our player's have done an amazing job with it. It's an unselfish approach," said Holmes. Part of the plan is out of necessity, since the Vikings take the floor with no one standing over six-foot-two.
"Gary Smith calls it 'The System' with the defense designed to create the pace. We trap and press the whole game, trying for a lot of turnovers. We want the game at a high pace," said Holmes.
"We are averaging 17, 3-pointers per game and that was unexpected," said Holmes. "Troy Lewis has always been a good shooter, but the number of 3's that he's been making comes as a surprise." Lewis leads the Vikings with 25 points per game, Kinoshita hits for 20.7 points, and sophomore Garrett James at a 14.7 average.
Holmes said that although his team is short in stature, it is long in the rebounding department. "We don't out jump anyone, but when you shoot a lot of 3's, you get a lot of rebounds. We're not getting out rebounded because we get a lot of hustle rebounds." Lewis also leads the Vikings with about seven rebounds per game.
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Holmes said that Troy Lewis is averaging his 25 points in only about 15 minutes of floor time. He is making 34% of his three-pointers. Likewise, Kinoshita, James, and others gather their stats in two quarters of playing time.
"Los Alamitos has a lot of players back and is the clear favorite this year. The rest of the league is balanced and will be tough," said Holmes.
league, the Vikings will compete in the 8-team World Youth Basketball Tournament