Another loss during the holiday week is the gift that keeps on giving for Calvert as it hosted Mansfield Christian Friday night. After starting 2-0 on the season, the Senecas have lost their last three games, the latest a 62-42 setback to the Flames.
The Flames set the lanes ablaze in the first quarter for a 23-16 lead. In the second period, Calvert hit a roadblock, only scoring three points in Mansfield Christian's 13-point run. The Flames outscored Calvert 26-24 in the second half to close out the game.
"We just dig ourselves in a hole early on. When we start games and they run down and score a layup off the tip, we're already scrambling," Calvert coach Ted Willman said.
Willman summarized his team's efforts as of late as a lack of focus.
"Our focus isn't where it needs to be; at times it is. The effort is there, they work hard, but the focus on the task at hand is a struggle," he said. "We're hurrying shots and missing layups. If you make layups and make shots, you give yourself a chance."
Mansfield Christian had only 12 turnovers to Calvert's 22 and gave away three straight. The Flames had 27 baskets on goal, and went 11 for 18 at the line. Calvert totaled 16 total goals and shot 50 percent on free throws (8-16).
Brandon Mount led Mansfield Christian with 18 points. Stevie Brown tallied 16 points, thanks to a 6-for-7 effort on foul shots. Kendall Cross also contributed 10 points for the Flames.
Mike Bennett took control of Calvert's efforts with 12 points, Marcus Somers contributed nine, Austin Ball put up seven and Drew Ritzler had six.
Communication and the ability to finish shots are key to Calvert to turning their season around, Willman said. He compared his team to a roller coaster being too much up and down instead of consistent play.
"We have some players that always give us a chance, but need some of these other guys to step up," he said. "If we have guys that score 15 points one night, they need to be able to do it every night."
Calvert goes into its sixth game tonight against a fresh Clyde squad, which has played only one game this season.
The Senecas ability to finish shots and keep focus is going to fall on the shoulders of the players.
"You can run every drill known to man in basketball, but it's a focus thing, and they have to work their way to it," said Willman. "I told them,'You have to find a way, we give you the scouting reports and the game plan, but there is only such my we can do. You're the ones who have to play, we can't play for you.' It is a long season and we have to find a way. That is it."