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Boy's Basketball: Ready for a push?: Despite slow start, Catz have pieces to compete in MBL-Pacific

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2013

It hasn’t been the best year for the Watsonville Wildcatz, but it is still early.

Watsonville has gotten off to a rough start through the first 10 games, but they still have the tools to be successful in the Monterey Bay League Pacific.

“We’re young, we’re inexperienced varsity wise, but we’re playing hard,” Gomez said during the Warriors NorCal Invitational in early December.

The Wildcatz inexperience has hit them hard.

Gone are last season’s leading scorers Alex Chavez (17.63 points per game) and Justin Carrancho (13.7 points per game).

Chavez and Carrancho, who graduated last year, helped the Wildcatz to a 9-14, and 5-6 record in MBL-Pacific play.

Luckily for the Wildcatz seniors Kasem Green and Ray Silver -- Watsonville’s third and fourth leading scorers -- are back to help the younger players through some of the adversity they have gone through in their 0-10 start.

“Kasem has the most experience out of the guys,” Gomez said. “He needs some help out there though.”

Gomez pointed to the shooting ability of senior gaurds John Canero and Marvin Scott as a major point of emphasis of their offense.

Some of the struggles that the Wildcatz have had is because they haven’t had their full squad.

Silver missed time with an ankle injury and junior transfer Pablo Flores, who averaged just more than 10 points per game last season with Pajaro Valley, also missed time earlier in the year.

“Those two guys are bigger stronger guards,” Gomez said. “When they get back that will definitely help. It’ll help defensively and rebounding wise.”

The Wildcatz have a game today against San Benito at 7 p.m. on the road.

Then they play at Soledad Saturday at 7 p.m.

After those two games the Wildcatz will open their league season against Gilroy on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Watsonville High School.

The MBL-Pacific -- while weaker than the upper division the Gabilan -- is not going to be a slamdunk this year, however.

Alisal, Alvarez, North Monterey County and North Salinas have all shown that they can play at a high level against good teams in the preseason.

While Watsonville has had their downs early, Gomez said he believes it will help them in the near future.

“Ultimately when we get into our league it’s going to help us,” said the second-year head coach.

Watsonville last won their league in 2011. They placed second in 2012.

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