• Marquel Bryant ‘20

Rams prepare for this year's basketball season

The Riverview Rams’ basketball team is looking to bounce back after a questionable 2017-18 season. The Rams are changing their work ethic to make sure that they are ready for the upcoming season.

The team is taking the preseason very seriously to get to where they need to be.

“Preseason preparation is important to the success of the season,” Varsity Head Coach BJ Ivey said.

They are adding extra early morning workouts before school to their schedule to constantly build as a team. The Rams want to be ready for action when the regular season comes around and attack it head on. Ivey emphasized that being ready physically, and also being in sync mentally, will play a big part in their success this season.

“The main areas of focus will be strength and conditioning, character development, team building and leadership development,” he said.

Last year, the team did not seem to work well together, so Ivey and the team are focused on building their relationships with each other on and off of the court. Although the team needs to be in sync, being physically ahead of the other teams can play a big role in the outcome of a game.

The Rams are starting workouts early this year in order to be physically dominant on the court this year. The coaching staff has set up a system in order to make sure that the players are making progress throughout the preseason.

“We will do a series of tests to get a baseline so where our players are at the start of the preseason program and retest at the end to track gains made by each player,” Ivey said.

As expected from the Rams, they are taking their preparation very seriously in order to make sure that they do not have a repeat of last season. They are trying everything in their power, hoping that they will not only make it to the state championship, but for the first time in Riverview history bring home the title.

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