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January 2, 2013

Running the Floor: How Rockport has turned into a contender in the CAL

The Rockport boys basketball walked off the floor at Rockport High last Friday a happy team.

The Vikings had just blown a close game wide open in the second half against Ipswich, finishing with a 15 point win and leading by as much as 20 points late in the fourth quarter. It was a vintage Rockport performance, non stop hustle, non stop hassle of the opposing offense and great execution.

If the Cape Ann League Small hadn’t taken notice of the Vikings yet, it sure did after last Friday’s beatdown. With the win over Ipswich, Rockport sports a perfect 4-0 record on the young season. More importantly, however, is its 3-0 mark against CAL Small competition.

It may be early in the season, but it’s already evident that things have turned around in Rockport. A team that won a single game last season (none in Cape Ann League play) with no seniors on the roster has turned into a veteran team that stands atop the CAL Small and will be fighting for sole possession of first place in the league on Friday when Lynnfield comes to visit Rockport High (6:30 p.m.).

It looks like the Vikings are here to stay, but how did they turn it around so quickly? The answer has many layers.

“I think that the biggest thing with this team is that it’s one year older,” head coach Tim St. Laurent said. “We went through growing pains last year and learned a lot from the mistakes we made. We learned from the different schemes that opposing teams used against us in the past and we haven’t allowed teams to beat us with those schemes again.”

Rockport isn’t just a year older and wiser, it’s also more confident. Watching the Vikings on the floor it’s evident that each player not only has confidence in what he’s doing, but what his teammates are doing as well.

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