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RHHS basketball coach gives insight into current season
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The 2007 RHHS boys varsity basketball team is: (front row, from left) George Greig, Robbie Bynum, Xavier Owens, Zachary Paine, CJ Bynum, Darius Postell, (back row) Coach William Altman, Cory Butler, Nathan Spill, AJ Early, Chakiris Moss, Sean Szad and Vernon Kordulis. - photo by Ross Blair

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A video interview with Coach Altman.
New RHHS boys basketball head coach William Altman is optimistic about the current season. He’s not making any promises on how many games will be won, but he is confident his team will be competitive in Region 3-AAA.
With merely one game under their belt, a successful contest against Bryan County, this year’s team has already tied the number of victories of last season’s struggling program. Another good sign came when the Cats recently beat Toombs County in a pre-season scrimmage. Last year’s single victory was also against Bryan County.
Altman recognizes that revamping RHHS boys basketball into being successful this season is not something that will come easy.
“Anytime you take over a new program, it takes a while to establish yourself,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of size on the team, which is an obstacle in itself. Our biggest guy is 6’-4” while everyone else is 6’ and under. We’re going to have to cut back on our fouling which a bit excessive in the Bryan County game. Also, we need to decrease the number of turnovers. We had 15-16 against Bryan County. We need to keep that to a minimum in order to stand a chance in this region.
“I feel good about this though as I’ve already seen a great deal of improvement on this team,” he continued. “We’re reviewing stats and stressing the importance of rebounds. We’re playing good defense and executing a solid offense. We’re just going to get better with each game too. The sky’s the limit with this team.”
Altman said his main goal is “to compete in every game and get better with each contest. If we learn to compete, we will learn how to win and can learn from our failures in order to turn them around.”
Results of Friday’s away region game versus Hepzibah were unavailable at press time, but Altman said it would be “a big test. Hepzibah is big, fast and strong.” They face non-region opponents Savannah Country Day tonight at 8 p.m. at home. Altman is confident about victories tonight and also away next week versus region rival South Effingham.
“I’ve watched some tape of South Effingham,” Altman said. “This is a rebound year for them as they lost 13 seniors and have a new coach. They were winless last season, and we should take this one.”
Although it is early in the season, Altman is already seeing some strong individual performances. This includes:
- Sophomore Robbie Bynum who had 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists in the Bryan County game.
- Junior CJ Bynum who had 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists in the Bryan County game.
- Senior Chakiris Moss, “the go to guy on offense”, who had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals against Bryan County.
- Senior Sean Szad who “is coming on strong defensively and in the post position.”
- Sophomore George Greig who was originally slated to fluctuate between varsity and JV. “He’s going to be just varsity now,” Altman said. “He has been a pleasant surprise in the post position. George played limited minutes, but still garnered 5 rebounds. We still need about a couple more players to step up and prove themselves, but I’m confident that will happen. I’m seeing a lot of potential with some of the other boys, and it’s early yet.”
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