Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverside's Progress Is Solid Gould

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverside's Progress Is Solid Gould

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When Riverside boys basketball coach John Rorick evaluates his star player, Zach Gould, he doesn't need a complex explanation for why his senior guard is excelling.

"There's no real secret to success," Rorick said. "He put in a lot of time in the offseason."

That work that Rorick mentioned has produced tangible results on the court, as Gould was averaging 21.2 points per game through his team's first 10 contests, up from his 19.2 mark from last season. He's expanded his game well beyond the catch-and-shoot role he often filled last season. Now, according to his coach, Gould can routinely go off the dribble and score near the basket.

But while there's been no shortcut for Gould's personal success, his play has been something of a shortcut for his team's improvement this season.

The Panthers won six of their first 12 games, putting them two wins short of their win total from all of last season, when they finished 8-14.

"We have a good nucleus of kids who play very well together," Rorick said.

The core group of players Rorick referenced consists of veterans such as Gould and senior forward Logan Sheridan, but there's also an infusion of youth. Nine of Riverside's 16 players are freshmen or sophomores.

Together, they've made notable strides on the defensive end, where they're giving up about nine fewer points per game than they did last season (when they allowed 66.6 per game).

But while the midseason returns have been promising, Rorick knows that his team's fortunes can change, especially playing in a section that features the likes of Lincoln Park and Neshannock.

"It seems clich 3;, but with where we're at right now, it's a matter of taking it one game at a time," he said.

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