by Lorien Nettleton ~ December 20th, 2012
Su Valley Basketball is in a new conference this year, they’ve joined the Interior Alaska league. Last week the Varsity and junior men’s and women’s teams opened up the season against a team they had not met before. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton spoke with men’s coach Mike Mathews, and has this report.
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Varsity and junior teams from Effie Cochrane came down from Fairbanks for a two-game series last week to play the first games of the season against the Su Valley Rams.
After graduating out a number of experienced seniors last year, Men’s coach Mike Matthews has a team comprised of young players who have not yet faced a level of competition that takes place in the larger Interior Conference that Su Valley is now a part of. He says the team played a good system, but had a hard time responding to a free-flowing style of ball played by the Effie Cochrane team.
Clip: Effie style
The Rams won the first game in the series on Friday night by a single point, and lost game 2 on Saturday by an 8-point margin. Coach Matthews says turning a new group of players in to a competitive team is a confidence game.
Matthews is hoping to put together a Northern Valley all-star practice squad to play against the Rams Varsity squad. Ideally, he says, it would offer a range of playing styles for the team to practice against.
Clip: Practice squad
Mathews says the new Interior conference is going to bring more competitive games to Su Valley, with a home schedule of almost twice as many games as in previous years. the Rams will get a look at several teams this weekend at the Tri-Valley Tourney in Healy, where they will meet Effie Cochrane again. Mathews says It should be exciting to learn the many different teams strengths and weaknesses of the Interior Conference