Steady Improvement for GD Varsity Basketball Hopefuls
In the Monty Tech Summer League Tournament, all teams play two games each against the large school Division1 teams which include Groton-Dunstable, Fitchburg, St. Bernard's, Leominster, North Middlesex and Nashoba.
"In terms of wins and losses, we are only 2-5, with the wins coming against North Middlesex and Nashoba," said Coach Dave Burke. "We've lost twice to Fitchburg, Leominster, St. B's and a tough three-point loss in a rematch against North Middlesex."
"The kids have a great attitude, are working hard and getting better defensively every game," continued Burke. "We've playing only man-man defense all summer because Coach Gillette wants the kids to be able to play it. I'm sure he will put in other defenses, zones and presses when he works with them during the season."
With modest time to practice, little time has been spent putting a half court offense. "The team likely would score more if we had time to spend on some basic half court offensive plays. Overall, we're pretty happy with what we're seeing. Many of the kids have zero varsity experience but they're handling that pretty well," Burke added.
Bobby Flanagan, Cedric Wirta, and Nick Freiter have looked good and have played at a high level, often exceeding expectations. The varsity holdovers (Drew Moore, Corey Romich, Scott Csaplar) could possibly form the core of the team during the upcoming season.
"Matt Tornaritis is an interesting player. He is undecided about coming out for the team next year because of his concerns regarding his soccer development. If he plays, you may see something special," said Burke.
The JVs are 5-2 playing Leominster, Clinton A, Nashoba, North Middlesex, Athol, St. Bernard's, Mahar, Gardner, Monty Tech, Oakmont, Narragansett and Ayer.
"The incoming freshman class looks very good, said Burke. "I don't know if any are ready to help the varsity just yet, but one or two of them could surprise."
St. Bernard's 5-2
North Middlesex 2-5