Mahar calls up four in search of offensive consistency

  • Mahar head coach Chad Softic talks with his team during a game against Hopkins in Hadley. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Sports Writer
Friday, February 09, 2018

ORANGE — On Thursday night, the Mahar Senators had somewhat of a new look to their team and roster. The Senators had four players dressed that had not been on the opening night roster — Matt Lyesiuk, Jake Carron, Eli Gonzalez and Jaden Softic. All four made it into the game, while Lyesiuk, a freshman, earned the start in his first varsity level game.

Lyesiuk and sophomore Deven Patch earned the start because of their contributions in practice throughout the week. Patch provided 18 points for the Senators in their 66-35 win over Turners Falls on Friday night. Lyesiuk contributed six points.

Mahar coach Chad Softic was happy with their performances, but is still looking for some offensive consistency with a team that features six seniors.

“Just still searching. Still searching for answers, especially on the offensive end,” said Softic about the four call-ups. “We’re not giving up on the season. We’re still trying to find the right chemistry for guys to make plays and we’ll do that until the very end.”

Lyesiuk contributed six points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in his first start. Gonzalez contributed two points, while Carron and Softic saw time, but did not score.

Only two players — Brennan Mailloux and Sam Paul — have started every game for the Senators. With a need for more offensive contributions, Softic has no set plan to continue with one consistent lineup. He will play whoever plays well in practice, meaning minutes and one starting role will be up for grabs for anyone to take on the roster.

“Matthew and Deven were our best practice players in our last practice,” said Softic. “They got the start. I will probably continue going in that manner. Someone else outplays them, they’ll get more minutes. Obviously it depends on match-ups too, but it’s about who’s playing well. At this point in the season, I can’t be hoping on kids; they’ve got to show it.”

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