West York boys' basketball coach Bill Ackerman can't wait to get to practice on Tuesday.
Even 10-0 teams have things they need to improve on.
One area that's certain to get some emphasis is rebounding.
"They scored 14 points on offensive rebounds, that's ridiculous," Ackerman said on Monday following his team's 77-63 crossover victory over Eastern York. "We'll fix it (Tuesday)."
The Bulldogs won't have to tinker much with their offense, which featured double-figure scoring from four players in the latest outing.
Kevin Rice led the way for the Bulldogs with 22 points, followed by Noah Cable and Darian McCauley with 12 points apiece and 11 points from Nick Traettino.
The Bulldogs were sizzling in the first half, connecting on 19-of-33 shots from the field (57.6 percent) to build an 18-point lead.
Eastern, though, refused to go away. The Golden Knights cut the advantage to 10 and had a chance to make it an eight-point margin.
However, Eastern wasn't able to trim the deficit below 10, and West York nailed 8-of-11 foul shots in the final 4:13 to secure the victory.
"After the first half, they didn't give up," Rice said. "It's a rivalry between our teams. We don't like Eastern that much, and they don't like us much."
Rice, a 6-foot senior, put together an impressive line: 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
"That's what we need from Kevin," Ackerman said. "He deserves this season."
Rice shared the credit for his success with his teammates.
"It's a team effort, I couldn't do it without the other guys," he said. "I've been struggling with my free throwing shooting lately, and I begged for the ball because I wanted to hit two (foul) shots."
Rice made his first four foul shots before missing his final one.
Speaking of making shots, Traettino connected on his first three 3-point attempts of the evening, all of them from almost the same spot on the left wing. He was an outstanding 10 for his last 10 in 3-pointers (over three games) before his miss in the second quarter of Monday night's game.
"That (the 3-point shot) is his main weapon," Ackerman said. "If he brings intensity on the defensive end, he will be tough to take out of the lineup."
Eastern sophomore Broguen Nicholas also knocked in three 3-pointers on his way to 19 points. Grum Kebede supplied 12 points for the Golden Knights, who are now 5-3 overall.
West York will put its perfect mark on the line on Friday when it travels to Northeastern for a York-Adams Division II game.
"Certainly we're happy about the record," Ackerman said. "But, the thing I'm the most excited about is that the kids have bought into this program 100 percent. I've been 10-0 before, but I had an uneasy feeling because I knew there were some kids who weren't buying in. That's not the case with this team."
-- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.