Entering his second season as boys’ basketball coach at Wise, Rob Garner felt more like he was starting from scratch.
There were few familiar faces at those first practice sessions. The Pumas returned just one player from last year’s regular rotation in Micah Till, and until a few days before the start of the basketball regular season, the 6-foot-6 forward was still a tight end, doing his part to deliver the Upper Marlboro school’s first state football title.
Predictably, the beginning of the season featured a few bumps in the road, but Wise has hit its stride with nine wins in its last 10 games. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Pumas (11-4, 8-3) are tied for third place in Prince George’s 4A, two games back of No. 9 Eleanor Roosevelt. Three of their four losses came by three points or less.
“Guys were really trying to get to know each other and their roles” early on, Garner said. “We’ve hit a place in the season where they are trusting each other a little bit more and understand what has to happen for us to be successful.”