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January 13, 2013

Classical hands Gloucester its fourth-straight loss

GLOUCESTER — The rebuilding process for any program won’t be completed overnight.

For the Gloucester boys basketball team, this week proved that.

While the Fishermen have greatly improved from their one-win campaign a year ago and entered this week at 3-5, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Last night’s 52-41 loss to Lynn Classical, the Fishermen’s fourth-straight loss, proved just that.

But for a young team like Gloucester, there’s plenty to take from a lopsided loss.

“It’s not demoralizing at all,” Gloucester coach Bill Cahill said. “It’s good experience for the young kids. We want to get better, day by day. We’re playing the iron of the league and hopefully the kids learn from it. It’s tough playing against the better teams. They’re physically better than us, they’re older than us, they’re stronger than us. We played hard, just can’t execute at the right time. We missed a lot of easy shots and we’ve just got to learn from it.”

Last night’s game capped off a trying week for the Fishermen, who also fell to the defending Division 3 State Champions, Danvers, on Monday and Revere on Wednesday.

Add in the Rams (7-5), who despite their record carry some of the most talent in the NEC, and it was the kind of week that makes the coach of a young team cringe when schedules are revealed.

It was clear from the beginning of last night’s game that Gloucester was facing an uphill climb. Nowhere was that more evident than on the offensive end, where the Fishermen managed just 10 first half points — six fewer points than they had turnovers before halftime.

With athletic big men Phillip Rogers (17 points) and Eraldo Custudio (13 points, 10 rebounds), the Rams were able to overpower Gloucester.

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