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Hernandez back on the court in full force Hernandez back on the court in full force

Hernandez back on the court in full force

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Last season, Miguel Hernandez took a year off from basketball to nurse some injuries from football.

This year, Hernandez is back on the court after another productive year with football, one in which he saw some time at quarterback as well as his effective wide receiver position.

It has been a rather smooth transition for Hernandez this season, as he is evolving into a solid contributor for the Roughies. At just over six-foot, Hernandez has played the post, and he is making the most of it.

“Things have been getting back to normal,” said Hernandez. “I like the challenge of it of playing against the bigger guys. It has been kind of fun.

“I have to use my athleticism and quickness. I try to get a good read on my opponent and move from there. I felt 100 percent from football this year, and I knew basketball would be a good season.”

Hernandez recently had a career-high 12 points against Salisbury, and he has been emerging as a regular offensive contributor. He has been a defensive stalwart all season.

“Miguel has done a great job defensively for us,” said head coach Eric Snyder. “He rebounds well and is a presence down low for us. Lately, he has been getting more involved offensively as he started to find his mark.

“If he can continue to score, it will be a big lift for us especially in the postseason.”

Hernandez has placed more emphasis on increasing his scoring.

“I have been working on my mid-range jumper,” he said. “I know that I can step out and hit the shot. I can get free underneath, but I have to be effective outside, too. It has been coming along for me.”

Hernandez realizes his team can be at a pivotal spot of the season. Beginning play this week, the Roughies are 3-4 in their last seven games.

However, he sees his team ready to take the next step down the stretch.

“We hit some rough spots,” said Hernandez. “We had trouble scoring in some games and we could have played better. Teams have been gunning for us, and some of them seemed to have their best games against us.

“We just have to keep out confidence and keep moving.”

Hernandez already has been adhering to the message.