Jim Jonas has an interesting problem with his Fowlerville boys basketball team.
The Gladiators are capable of putting up points in bunches. Sometimes, a little too quickly.
“I tell the kids we want to be fast, but don’t hurry,” he said,. “Sometimes we get a little rushed and get the shot off too quickly.’
Fowlerville (4-1) is home tonight against a Mason team that has given the Gladiators fits, including a sweep of Fowlerville last year.
“It’s not a good matchup for us,” Jonas said. “There’s something about their style of play we hav trouble with.”
The Gladiators will seek answers tonight in a game that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post at around 7 p.m.
Brendan Young has been scorching nets and grabbing rebounds at a pace rarely seen in these parts for Fowlerville, with Billy Hutchins also averaging over a dozen points per game. Both are four-year varsity players
But the Glads have gotten key contributions from Brendan’s younger brother Carter, who had 18 points against Stockbridge over the weekend, and others.
Those additional scoring options have proven problematic for opponents this season.
“You can’t double-team everybody,” Jonas said. “Someone’s bound to be open.”
Fowlerville’s Achilles’ heel has been defense.
“We’ve improved tremendously,” Jonas said. “It’s not great, but it is an improvement. Our intensity and execution on defense has been better, too.”
And, a third of the way into the season, Jonas hopes an adequate defense, combined with a high-octane offense, will lift the Gladiators to heights they haven’t seen in nearly two decades.