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Men’s basketball season is turning around

Sara Novenstern / Castleton Spartan
Carnelius Green goes in for a dunk.

The season appeared lost for the Castleton men’s basketball team after losing four- straight games and falling to a 4-7 record.

However, the Spartans have recently hit their stride, winning their last four games against conference opponents.

But what has provided the spark for the Spartans in the last four games?

Head coach Paul Culpo feels the changes have not been very complex.

“Shrinking the rotation and simplifying things has really impacted the team positively,” he said.

Numerous Spartans have stood out during the winning streak.

Shooting guard Rob Coloutti has played a significant role in the dynamic Castleton offense in the past five games, averaging 18.8 points per game in the stretch.

Coloutti has also been brilliant from behind the arch shooting 40.7 percent this season.

The Spartans have also been efficient in the paint.

Forward Chad Copeland, who has paced the Spartan offense throughout the season, has spearheaded this effort.

Copeland has averaged 18.4 points per game this season with an impressive field goal percentage of 54.5 percent.

But it is not just the upperclassmen contributing for the Spartans.

Freshman Pavin Parrish has quarterbacked the Spartans with a team high 4.4 assists per game. Parrish can certainly distribute the ball, however, he has also displayed his scoring abilities.

 In an 84-72 win over Lyndon State, Parrish led the team with 22 points.

Culpo is excited to see the emergence of such a young player.

“Pavin has been controlling games at the point guard slot,” he said.

The unsung hero thus far has been Doug Krouse, who has led the team with a field goal percentage of 63 percent.
Krouse has given the Spartans a great lift off the bench, said Culpo.
The Spartans look to keep their winning streak in tact on Jan. 30 when they face off against Husson in Glebrook Gymnasium.