If you've kept up with Calhoun County basketball and you've seen this particular set of players take the court, you probably had the same thought I had early this season.
This isn't Calhoun County basketball and that's something that has to change if Zam Fredrick and the Saints hope to have success this year.
"We’re going to have to start playing Saints basketball on a consistent basis. We’re not doing anything very well. When I say anything, I mean from making a layup in transition to shooting free throws.
“We’re struggling in all phases of the game. The effort is there. Maybe we’re trying a little bit too hard or we’re pressing a little bit too hard or whatever, but I think after we loosen up a little bit and the guys get a little bit more familiar with real battles, I think we’re going to be okay. I'm not about to give on this crew. I think they've got a lot in them. I'm just going to have to get it out of them.”
Maybe it's been caused by mental lapses. Maybe it's something else. Whatever the case The Saints have lost three of their first four by an average of nearly 21 points. It's usually Calhoun County that is dishing out the double-digit setbacks and not receiving them. Still, the Saints haven't seemed right this year. To be honest, they didn't seem right last year either. Early non-region setbacks have become unusual but periodic occurrences for a team who boasted a record of 109-1 when that guy who now plays wide receiver for the Chicago Bears sported the #15 jersey with the headband.
Remember him? Saints fans probably do and, if it were up to some of them, he or any one of his brothers would be around to help the team through this rough time.
But alas, Charles Ben, Alshon nor Shamier Jeffery or even Zambolist "Buck" Fredrick are walking out of the Saints locker room to lead the Saints program that once terrorized opposing basketball programs throughout the state with Coach Zam Fredrick's signature fullcourt press.
So, who's going to lead this team?
"I think Tamaz (Charley) does a pretty good job in a leadership role," Fredrick said. "I think he needs some help though. You need some soldiers and we're not very consistent with anything that we're trying to do right now."
From the struggles on offense to the lapses on defense, Fredrick has his concerns...and rightfully so. A record of 1-3 is a bit odd to see next to Calhoun County in the standings, but the season is still early and there are still big battles to be fought. Take this week for example. Calhoun County travels to Swansea on Friday before hosting O-W (who handed them a 70-48 loss this past weekend) on Saturday.
Add into that mix meetings with Allendale-Fairfax and other potential Christmas tournament match-ups and you've got the proverbial syllabus for Basketball Character Building 101. There will be adversity. The Saints just have to find a way to deal with it.