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October 21, 2014

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HS BASKETBALL:

New Silverado coach stresses defense

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Silverado basketball players, from left, Michael El-Takrori and Ruben Jackson.

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Silverado aspires to play some of the best defense in Southern Nevada this year.

The Skyhawks goal is to hold every team they face to less than 60 points. Accomplish that and Silverado feels confident it will advance to the playoffs for at least the sixth straight year.

“I’m really into defense and rebounding,” said first-year coach Martin Ferriter. “So, we are going to be really different than Silverado in the past. We are looking to make stops and make it as difficult as we can for our opponent to score.”

Ferriter and his new staff of assistants — which consists of Thad Simmons, John Derrick and Mike Bashay — have preached and centered practice on defense since they took over.

Ferriter said the players have embraced the change.

“They’ve responded great,” he said. “They’ve always been a playoff-caliber team, but in order for us to ultimately compete and get up and down with Valley, Canyon Springs and those teams on that side of town, we need to be able to slow them down consistently.”

The Skyhawks have a strong backcourt led by senior Brian Theophil, senior Mike El-Takrori and junior Ruben Jackson. The big men they will lean on are senior Bryan Marberry and junior David Ware.

“If we get all those guys going,” Ferriter said, “we’ll be really good.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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