CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield High School boys basketball coach isn't averse to adjusting for his team's talent.
And lack of size.
The Generals are 4-0 following their Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hoops Classic victory over Wheeling Park on Friday, marking their third-best beginning to the season since Coach Pat McGinnis took over in 2001.
Their tallest player is 6-foot-3 1/2 Toby Show, who is listed as a forward but - like every member of Winfield's 12-player varsity roster - plays like a guard.
The rest of the early season rotation features John "Bear" Bellomy, who is listed at 6-3, as well as 5-11 senior Zach Fisher, 6-1 senior point guard Cole Schoolcraft, 5-8 senior Taylor Hearn, 5-8 junior Heath Diehl and 5-10 senior Brandon "Goob" Wright.
Fisher leads the team, averaging 21.5 points, while Fisher is at 20.8 and Show at 15.3.
"We don't really have a post game," said McGinnis, who is in his 13th season at Winfield, earning his 200th victory with the win over Wheeling Park. "We're five out. These guys have pulled together. Man, do they get after it."
There is no secret to slowing down the Generals. Handle their pressure, get to the basket and let size dictate the pace of the game.
It's not so easy put into practice.
On Saturday, the Patriots countered with 6-5 Phil Bledsoe, 6-4 forward Chalmer Moffett and 6-4 guard Ryan Reinbeau. Bledsoe had 17 rebounds, but scored just 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Wheeling Park made only 19-of-48 shots, most of which were contested
McGinnis was able to implement this philosophy as coach at Winfield Middle School in the 1990s.
"I think (Wheeling Park) might have been a little gassed, but you're bound to be playing that pace for four quarters," McGinnis said. "It's about your personnel. A lot of times you don't get a trap or a steal, but a lot of times you speed up the other team."
Wheeling Park Coach Michael Jebbia admitted surprise at how successful Winfield's pressure was against his Patriots, forcing them into a season-high 19 turnovers.
Winfield also is playing without two integral pieces of last year's 14-9 team. Senior Chris Turner, a 6-3, 215-pound forward, is concentrating on football and Jake Lemmerman, who would've added to Winfield's overflowing stable of guards, transferred to Hurricane.
Their departure might impact Winfield's depth down the road. The Generals played just seven against Wheeling Park, getting points from six of them. They were 6-of-21 from 3-point range three games after hitting 17 against Ripley, showing their versatility. They also had just 11 turnovers, benefiting from the chemistry of a small player rotation.
Another issue is rebounding, where Winfield lost the battle against Wheeling Park 40-25. Wheeling Park had 18 offensive boards compared to only seven for Winfield, but the Generals were able to get by when a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt by the Patriots' Trenton Smith came off the front of the rim.
That miss allowed McGinnis to earn, arguably, his best victory ever away from Winfield High School, where he owns a 2012-13 victory over Woodrow Wilson, last year's state runner-up.
This time the Generals were using their full-court press on a 94-foot floor, leaving the deeper and more athletic Patriots room to exploit it, which Wheeling Park failed to do.
The Patriots are No. 7 in the Associated Press Preseason Class AAA Poll, while Winfield wasn't among the 16 teams to receive votes by the state's sportswriters.