Central Catholic senior captain Jimmy Zenevitch has been part of two state championships and is helping the Raiders chase their third. The No. 2 Raiders havenít lost since the Christmas Tournament and have won 12 straight games. Zenevitch, a 6-foot 8 forward, is averaging 18.9 points per game and has helped the Raiders clinch the MVC title. We caught up with the big fella last week. †
Whatís been going right for the team since the Christmas Tournament loss to Andover?
The biggest thing since the tourney has been our intensity on the defensive side. We didnít really pressure the ball as much in the tournament, but we picked up the ball pressure since then. Another thing is our rebounding. Weíve been killing everyone on the boards by almost 17 rebounds per game.
You guys got a big game against Andover next week, what are you guys looking forward to?
Andoverís our biggest rival since theyíve first played each other. We lost to them in the Christmas tournament but we played them a couple weeks later and beat them by 10 or 12. People would say the game doesnít matter because weíve clinched the MVC last week, but to me and to the team, itís probably the biggest game of the year up to date. We always want to win no matter what
What have you been doing for the team this year to make up for the loss of Carson Desrosiers
People would say itís scoring, but the biggest thing I focused on is rebounds. He would get 12-15, sometimes 20 rebounds per game. I knew that without a seven- footer in the middle, I definitely had to step up.
Youíre heading to Assumption in the fall, what are you looking forward to the most about going there?
Iím looking forward to a new level of play, more talent all around. Theyíll never be a kid who isnít good at all, thereís going to be five really good kids on the court. Iím really looking forward to having a new team, a new life. Its just like starting over youíve got to gain every ones respect again
What does your team need to do to win a state championship?
Basically, It starts with heart, but then everything has to click on all cylinders Ė offense, defense, rebounding our shots, dribbling and limiting turnovers. If we want it more than anyone else, most likely we have a chance at getting it.
Your sister Katie is pretty good at basketball herself over at BC. In a game to 21, who wins?
I win, hands down. Without a question.
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