All things considered, you would think the Arundel boys basketball team had no business entering the 2009 portion of the schedule with a 9-0 mark.
The Wildcats, now 10-0 after their 89-50 at Anne Arundel County foe Chesapeake yesterday, lost 10 players from last season's 14-6 team and returned only one starter, senior forward Auraum Nuiriankh. Making the chore that much more difficult was the fact that a number of key players were on the school's football team that reached the state tournament, providing less practice time.
Going into the season, many believed fellow Anne Arundel County powers Glen Burnie, Annapolis and defending county champ Old Mill would finish higher in the standings, but the Wildcats haven't been fazed so far.
Under coach Jeff Starr, they have used their athleticism, speed and depth to outscore their opponents by an 81-62 average margin. They opened the season with an eye-opening 77-54 rout at Severna Park, another team expected to challenge in Anne Arundel, and haven't looked back with a transition game that is tough to keep up with.
In a battle of unbeatens halfway through their run, the Wildcats knocked off Annapolis, 85-77, and they recently beat Glen Burnie, 86-72, in the title game of the Gophers' J.T. Bogle Invitational.
Starr has been able to quickly assess his team's strengths and get the most of each of his players' talents with each accepting their roles. It also appears that the winning attitude from the football field has carried over to the basketball court.