Friday, April 3, 2009
Dramatic win over Bedford tops boys basketball season
Over the past couple of years, CCHS basketball had developed a reputation for being one of the tallest teams in the Duel County League (DCL). However, a more guard-heavy line-up this year forced the team to re-examine its fundamental strategy. In order to compete, the team implemented a consistent pressing defense as well as a perimeter-oriented offense. Although it took time to develop a strong sense of identity, the team pulled things together when it counted, finishing 4-2 in the DCL Small Division and ending the season with a record of 6-12.
“This was a great team because of how hard we worked,” said Carlisle junior Kevin Clarke. “Every practice was a competition, and we developed a reputation for being a very hard-
working team. We were able to compete against any team; it was just a matter of keeping our concentration.” The team proved this was true when it squared off against archrival Bedford toward the end of the season. The game was played at Bedford, which is known for having some of the loudest fans around the league. What made the rivalry even more noteworthy was the fact that both teams ran the same offensive scheme. Through the first three quarters of the game, Bedford and its fans showed the Patriots why they were one of the stronger teams in the league, building a 13-point lead with five minutes remaining. However, the Patriots fought their way back into the game, eventually winning it in the final minute.
Next year’s team expects to build upon this year’s late season run. Nine players are expected to return, including next year’s co-captain Kevin Clarke of Carlisle.
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