Washburn boys team gaining more experience

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WASHBURN, Me (WAGM) - The Washburn boys basketball team is still looking for its first win of the season. The Beavers feel they have been improving and hope to see that progress pay off soon.

"I think we definitely work a lot better as a team. Last year we had a few individuals that shared the ball with each other. This year we move the ball a lot more as a team," said junior Noah White.

"It's going good. We just have to work a little bit harder on defense and offense," added senior Konner Jordan.

The Beavers have a lot of players who didn't have much varsity experience heading into the year.

"We've got a large junior class, but not a lot of experience across that junior class. Basketball is new to a few of them. Trying to get everyone on the same page. Our big thing every night has been work ethic," head coach Mike Hartford said.

The Beavers are focused on making sure they play together as one team.

"Team-working skills definitely. We've had a lot of individuals last year to help us out and get us in the mood to work on team building and everything. It's been pretty easy going," said junior Carvor Pendexter.

"We have been playing a lot of man to man, which is something we didn't do a lot of last year. That's new for a lot of the guys. Getting them to understand being help-side and be helping out in a team man to man situation as opposed to worrying about the one guy they are guarding," Hartford added.

On the offensive side of the ball, the team is hoping it's balanced attack can be an advantage.

"Last year we had a few individuals that if we need a basket we would just run something for them specifically." We don't really have a go to offensive threat, we're really going to produce a lot of points throughout the guys on the court in order to compete with other teams," Hartford said.