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Weber boys take big step forward on hardwood
by Greg Oshust
December 19, 2012 10:42 AM | 2658 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A year ago, the Weber boys’ basketball team struggled to a 7-14 overall record and finished last in the four-team GISA Region 1AAA.

Things are moving in a more positive direction for the Rams early in the 2012-13 season.

Weber has jumped out to a strong start under new coach Peter Weprinsky, coming close to matching their win total of last year at 6-3 through Thursday.

“We’re very excited,” Weprinsky said. “We’re looking forward to region play.

It took a little while for Weber to get untracked as it lost three of its first five games before winning its last four in a row, including a 69-59 victory over North Atlanta Flight in its last game before the holiday break Dec. 10.

“We really have come a long way since the start of the season,” Weprinsky said. “In our season opener, we lost to a very good team [Griffin Christian] by 14 [57-43 on Nov. 13], but we played them a second time [on Nov. 29] and beat them by 18 [53-35]. We are improving every day.”

The Rams are succeeding with a lineup that lacks size and is not prolific on offense, but makes up for all of that with a tough, aggressive defense.

“Our center is 6-foot, so we’re not a big team,” Weprinsky said. “But, we play tough defense. We score typically in the 50s, so we’re not scoring 70 points a game. But, we do a good job of keeping the other team from scoring.”

Weprinksy is also impressed with how everyone on the team has stepped up and made a contribution.

“It has been a really balanced effort,” he said. “We’ve had nine games and there have been six leading scorers. This team is very unselfish, without a doubt.”

With seven seniors on the roster, the Rams also feature a strong veteran presence.

“Of our seven seniors, five have been playing varsity ball since they were sophomores,” Weprinsky said. “We have a lot of experience on this team.”

Six-foot-2 forward Eliot Zerden is among the key group of seniors who have led the way for Weber, along with 6-0 forward Natan Gorod, 6-0 center Josh Blum and 5-11 guard David Feldman.

Weber is off to a strong start in its GISA 1AAA schedule after opening region play with a convincing 53-25 win over local rival Holy Spirit Prep Dec. 6, with Gorod, Feldman and junior Jonathan Jacobs providing solid defensive efforts.

However, the road doesn’t get any easier for the Rams in a competitive 1AAA that includes perennial GISA state playoff teams Dominion Christian, Heritage and Loganville Christian.

“We’re in a tough region,” Weprinsky said. “We finished fourth out of four teams [in 2011-12], so it was a very competitive region last year.”

But, Weprinsky said his team has a shot of contending in 1AAA.

“As long as we continue to improve every day and keep playing together as a team, we have a chance,” he said. “I’m not saying we can win the region, but we can be competitive for it.”

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