The effort is most certainly there.
In the absence of 6-foot-8 senior center Connor Osborne, Columbine’s boys basketball team has compensated for the loss of their stud player by playing ultra-aggressive defense, hustling to loose balls and running an efficient offense. Only one element is missing – and it’s a big one. For all their hard work off the ball, the Rebels should be rewarded with an abundance of points. Yet, the basketball simply refuses to drop through the cylinder enough times for Columbine to be completely satisfied with how they are playing ball. Case in point: On Dec. 12 Columbine hosted Highlands Ranch in a Class 5A nonleague tilt. The Rebels were flying around the ball on defense, hitting the hardwood whenever a loose ball was up for grabs and attacked both the offensive and defensive glass with ferocity. And yet, when the final buzzer sounded, it was the Falcons rejoicing the 63-57 final score.
“That’s been the story for us the entire year,” Columbine coach Jeff Wennberg said. “Our shots just haven’t fallen and we’re still shooting less than 50 percent from the (free throw) line. It’s just something we’ve got to work on. The kids are doing their best and as long as they are working hard, I can’t be mad at them.”
Read the complete story in the Dec. 17 edition of the Columbine Courier.