As the St. Pius Panthers prepare for their first game of the season on November 26th, they look to improve upon last year’s record. The roster consists of 13 players including 10 returning players and three newcomers. The returning players will look to lead the team with experience, they are: Nick DiBruno, Timmy Egglington, Chris Kirby, Nick Mangano, Stephen Marozzi, Thomas McKee, Sean McMenamin, Joe Stellabotte, Tyler Stott, and Jack Tuberosa. The newcomers of the team will look to make an impact on the success of this team they are: Matt Cannon, Kyle Lee, and Luke Nichols. As long as the team can stay healthy while playing aggressively on the court, then they should be able to win the majority of the games this upcoming season.
Coach Andrew McMenamin will hope to continue the success he had achieved towards the end of last season as they finished on a winning streak. Point guard Chris Kirby will aim to maintain his scoring ability and put in MVP performances night in and night out. Forward Thomas McKee aspires to demonstrate his driving ability and notch many double-doubles as the season goes along. Starting centers Tyler Stott, and Joe Stellabotte plan to grab many rebounds and finish underneath the basket as the team will look to score on the fast breaks. The starting five has yet to be determined but fans can feel assured that Coach McMenamin will put out the five best players on the court first.
The bench will play as big a role as the starters will compete in every game as Coach McMenamin aims to rotate each unit every four to five minutes. Two players that have showed their defensive strengths throughout the years are Stephen Marozzi and Sean McMenamin; they have always forced many turnovers and contested shots with their strong chemistry. To insure a winning record, Coach McMenamin stated “If our team can play lockdown defense, shoot well from the free throw line, and rebound successfully, then we will win a lot of games this season.” Jack Tuberosa also knows that made free throws win games so it’s key that the Panthers shoot well from the foul line, as they aim for a 70% success rate.
Kyle Lee knows the team has to start the season strong as he said “The price of hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” The team will aim to achieve a double-digit win total and earn a high seed in the playoffs. Each and every player will look to do their job on the court and contribute to the overall success of the team under their guiding leader and coach, Andrew McMenamin. All in all, St. Pius X will hope to start the season on a strong note as they attempt to defeat St. Dots at home at 8:45 on November 26th.