Getting off the bus and stepping into a hostile gym has to be the toughest part.
When the 0 never leaves the win column and the losses pile up, you don’t have much of an arsenal to fire back at your foes.
Three different Owls coaches in three years, and all the tumult and confusion that accompany that situation have made life on the hardwood close to impossible.
Never once has Timberlane senior Pat Mahoney buckled or even slowed down.
He just keeps fighting.
“It’s definitely been a challenge,” said Mahoney, who leads the Owls at 8.8 points a game this winter. “You have to keep trying and working your hardest every day. It’s not easy, but my teammates are counting on me. We have to give it our best, for now and for the kids who aren’t graduating and their future.”
Timberlane basketball finds itself in the heart of an hellacious boys hoop losing streak of 62 straight divisional games, dating back to Jan. 29, 2010. There have been a pair of Christmas tourney wins in 2010 and 2011 to Traip Academy of Maine, but that’s it.
“We can’t really think about the past,” said Mahoney. “We can’t change what has happened the last three years. All we can do is try to make the future here better.”
His third coach in as many seasons, Jeff Baumann says that Mahoney has played the exact leadership role he expect of the senior, even if it doesn’t show in the win total.
“His attitude and work ethic have been all positive despite the struggles,” said Baumann. “I can certainly vouch for him character wise as I was fortunate enough to coach him at the JV level his sophomore year in both basketball and baseball and now again with the varsity this year.