Get­ting back on track

Cor­ner Brook’s Chris Dob­bin fo­cused on be­com­ing a starter in sopho­more sea­son with Me­mo­rial Sea-Hawks

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Chris Dob­bin look­ing to im­prove in his sec­ond sea­son at Me­mo­rial

Time man­age­ment is crit­i­cal. That is the valu­able les­son Cor­ner Brook’s Chris Dob­bin learned af­ter one sea­son of var­sity men’s bas­ket­ball with the Me­mo­rial Sea-Hawks.

The sec­ond-year sci­ence stu­dent, a former star with the Cor­ner Brook Ti­tans, is en­ter­ing his sopho­more sea­son with the Sea-Hawks. He has com­mit­ted to the per­sonal goal of be­ing a starter on the team be­fore the sea­son ends.

Dob­bin had sev­eral rough patches in his first year of stud­ies, do­ing his best to jug­gle ath­let­ics and aca­demics. He found that ev­ery sec­ond of the day was pre­cious time for post­sec­ondary stu­dents, who face a heavy work­load out­side the class­room.

Shar­ing the hard­wood with his team­mates six days a week while hand­ing classes and study time is chal­leng­ing for most teenagers fresh out of high school, so dis­ci­pline is key to keep­ing it all in or­der for guys like Dob­bin.

“If you make a sched­ule you have got to stay true to it,” Dob­bin said.

The 19-year-old, a 6-5 for­ward, who earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a tough de­fender on the high school bas­ket­ball scene, wants to be a starter and he’s will­ing to put in all the time and ef­fort re­quired to make it hap­pen.

He loves be­ing on the floor in the mid­dle of the ac­tion so that’s why he plans on mak­ing him­self a bet­ter player by ad­dress­ing what he be­lieves to be his weak point — lat­eral quick­ness.

“In high school, I could let de­fend­ers go around me and just block their shot, but I can’t do that now. I ac­tu­ally have to move my feet faster and stay in front of them,” he said.

The Sea-Hawks have started prepa­ra­tion for the 2017-18 At­lantic Univer­sity Sport var­sity men’s bas­ket­ball sea­son with all eyes on a show­down with the Acadia Ax­e­men.

Acadia has be­come the big­gest ri­val of the Sea-Hawks for the past five or so years and Dob­bin was quite fa­mil­iar with that ri­valry long be­fore he ar­rived.

The Sea-Hawks were bounced out of AUS play­off con­tention last sea­son with a 73-65 loss to the Ax­e­men, so Dob­bin and com­pany are ea­ger to re­new hos­til­i­ties and see what this year holds.

The Sea-Hawks have opened the AUS sea­son with a show­down with the Ax­e­men the past sev­eral sea­sons so it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to get heated up early when tip-off rolls around.

“Acadia has been more suc­cess­ful than we have and we’re look­ing to turn that around this year,” he said.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Cor­ner Brook’s Chris Dob­bin is fo­cused on im­prov­ing his stock in his sec­ond sea­son with the Me­mo­rial Univer­sity Sea-Hawks.

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