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Kitani seeing the progress he wants in Fairfax's defense

January 31, 2008 | 12:49 pm

Lions2 The better the team, the more demanding the coach. So it's no surprise that Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani has harped all season about his 18-3 boys' basketball team's inconsistency of play, especially on the defensive end.

But the Lions, who lead the Western League with an 8-0 record, have increased their defensive intensity the last three games.

They have beaten University, Venice and Palisades by scores of 87-56, 73-60 and 78-47, respectively.

Junior center Renardo Sidney and his imposing 6-foot-10 frame is discouraging opponents from driving to the basket. And the growing confidence in their 1-2-2 full-court pressure has the other Lions feeling they can control a game's tempo.

Holding a good-shooting Palisades team to one field goal in the first quarter of Tuesday's game was an able demonstration of how good the Lions can play defense when they put their minds to it.

"We are getting better defensively," said Kitani, as Fairfax prepares for tonight's/Thursday's game against visiting Hamilton. "Our guys are doing a better job collectively. The are beginning to sustain that consistency we need on both ends of the court, and we're going to need in the playoffs."

-- Mike Terry