The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School boys basketball team forced a shot-clock violation with several minutes remaining in the first half against Central on Friday.
As the buzzer sounded, Good Counsel assistant coach Carlton Marlow headed prematurely toward the locker room for halftime. A couple of his players followed.
Good Counsel, playing with a group of players holding little varsity experience, fell to a sharper Central team, 65-53, Friday in the BSN Elite Hoop Summer League at DeMatha High School.
“I knew it was a shot-clock violation,” rising senior Eric Rupprecht said with a bit of pride in his voice.
Rupprecht helped Good Counsel remain close into the second half thanks to his flat-but-effective 3-point shot and solid ball-handling, the latter of which he said is his main target for improvement this summer.
Playing limited minutes off the bench last season, Rupprecht is hoping to fill a larger role next year. With many of his teammates away Friday, the guard got good practice.
“I told him there would be a lot more freedom with his shot, to take his shot and be more aggressive,” said Marlow, who coached the team Friday.
Led by Calvin Lovitt and Davon Taylor, Central’s top two scorers last season, Good Counsel held nothing more than fleeting leads, though. Once Central turned up its defensive pressure in the second half, it was clear Central, which went 11-10 last season, was the better team Friday.
But the young Good Counsel players showed their progress.
When Good Counsel forced another shot-clock violation late in the second half, nobody ran off the court. The Good Counsel players just got into their offensive set, ready to keep plugging.