The Hodgdon boys basketball team lost several players from last years team. The Hawks have won three of their first seven games and Coach Robbie Smith says they are learning each and every day.
(Robert Smith):" This year we have a little less experience playing with us. I only return four from last year and that has been a challenge. Now it helping them gain experience on the court. They are going to get it in games. They are learning on the fly."
The Hawks have lost four games so far this year, but three of the losses to teams looking for a deep run in the tournament Two losses to Houlton and a loss to defending Class D Champion Woodland Andrew Tuttle says the team learned a lot in the two losses the Shirtetowners
(Andrew Tuttle):" We learned that we have to move a lot to get open and that we have to break the press."
Josh Foster has been the team's leading scorer early in the year. Foster is a junior and really enjoys spending time with his teammates
(Josh Foster):" It's the chemistry that we have and we play really good together."
The goal is a common one to make it Bangor.
Foster:" We want to win and we have to pass the ball well and make shots.
Tuttle:" It's surreal knowing this is my last year. I really want to get to Bangor I am really motivated because the one time I went there I didn't play that much."
Smith says one of the things the teams needs to work on is success from the charity stripe
Smith:" Our free throw shooting percentage is pretty low so we need to work on that. We do a pretty good job of keeping our composure. Down the stretch if we are in games we need to learn to slows the game down and play our game and just be able to finish basketball games."