Ringgold boys are small, but athletic
Good things come in small packages.
And the Ringgold Rams plan to make that saying come to life on the basketball court this season.
Coach Pete Logan enters his fifth season at Ringgold with the smallest lineup he has ever had. However, the Ringgold mentor doesn't seem to mind.
“We're obviously lacking height, but I will tell you this is my most athletic team I've ever had here,” Logan said. “We've got kids who can really run and jump. To me, our biggest drawback is experience. What I'm looking for is continuity and once I get that, we will be fine.”
The Rams return two starters from last year's 5-17 team. They are senior John Maldonado and junior Dayshore Majors.
Joining them in the lineup will be senior Demetrius Louis, junior Derrez Tyree and sophomore Nico Law.
All five starters are listed at 6-0.
“We are short, but we have at least three kids who can dunk and we have three really good ball handlers,” Logan said. “We are really going to push the ball and move it around and get going. This is a very athletic team and I plan on taking advantage of our athleticism.”
Logan is extremely high Louis and Law.
“Demetrius can jump through the roof,” Logan said. “He will be playing center for us and he is extremely athletic.
“Right now, we have Nico running the point, but he can do other things and we have other kids who can also handle that position as well.”
The first player off the bench for the Rams will be senior Brandon Gilliam. And his size is listed at 6-0.
“We have two kids who are 6-5 and 6-3 and we are hoping that at some point they are going to be able to move into our rotation,” Logan noted.
“Our plan is to get out and run. I have a bunch of athletes and at some point I hope they will be basketball players. I'm excited to work with this group.”
Ringgold has been moved into a new section, Section 4 AAA, which includes West Mifflin, Thomas Jefferson, East Allegheny, Steel Valley and Elizabeth Forward.
“We can compete in this section,” Logan said.
While the Ringgold coach said that West Mifflin and TJ are “head and shoulders' the top two teams in the section, he expects the Rams to compete for one of the playoff spots.
“We're hoping to earn one of the four playoff spots in our section,” he said. “We just have to keep working, develop some trust in one another and get better.”
Ringgold opens the season Friday at home against Charleroi.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.