Baby steps continue for Vanguard basketball

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 08:53 PM

The Vance-Granville basketball team started the season with 14 players. That number is now to down to eight.

But at least it appears the Vanguards (2-10) will finish the season. Vance-Granville had to cancel its season a year ago at about this time due to lack of players.

From the onset of this season, wins and losses were never as important as creating stability. And first-year coach Mike Rotolo has done that.

Rotolo wanted the team to be competitive and it has, just not often for a full 40 minutes. VGCC has played well in spurts against Louisburg College, the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division II, and Sandhills Community College, the seventh-rated team in Division III.

Against teams like Louisburg and Sandhills, the Vanguards are simply outmanned. VGCC's tallest player is 6-foot-3. There are no truly dangerous shooting threats and there is little athleticism on display.

Still, the Vanguards play hard and at times, with discipline. They at least resemble a team. Last season's VGCC squad did not.

The next step is getting more talent into the program and while VGCC is at a disadvantage with no on-campus gym or dormitories or nearby apartments, Rotolo remains confident he can get good players to the school.

He indicated Saturday after a loss to Sandhills that there is plenty of interest.

This season has been about rebuilding. Next season, winning games will be the priority. And that goal should be attainable.