16 - December 11, 2009
Pelham Hoopsters Embark on Ne
w Quest for State
Tuesday night, he can get to the basket in getting the running game going
by Chris White Stephen Spirou a focal point of the Sweeney can provide good defense,
After graduating Class I Player of team is a good start. The junior has with his athleticism, leap to grab was the effort of junior big man Mike but also knock down shots when he is
the Year Justin Hojlo last season, the worked hard on improving his skill set rebounds, and knock down the outside Lombard on the boards. Lombard open.
Pythons will rely on different players and is expected to step into a role as shot when he has it. managed to overpower Alvirne players The Pythons’ starting point guard
this year to keep them at the top of the one of the team’s leaders this year. As “Stephen worked hard in the off for rebounds on the offensive end, but this year will be sophomore Derek
league standings. Making 6-3 slasher he proved in a scrimmage at Alvirne season and has become one of the top mainly controlled the defensive glass. DeFranzo. He will handle the ball
five players in This allowed the Python fast break to and run the offense. As he showed at
the whole state,” start as he would outlet the ball quickly Alvirne, he has the ability to penetrate
head coach Todd to one of Pelham’s guards in order to and create on offense, while also
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Kress said he feels continue to get better,” Kress said.
Pythons Prepare for Season
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by Chris White
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With the Pythons
executing the run-and-gun
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have created more shot
opportunities than they
normally would have if they
relied more on a half-court
offense for production. The
full-court game will really
be effective if they can
limit their own turnovers
on offense and force other
teams to turn the ball over
on the defensive end, Powers
said. If Pelham can control
the boards to start the break
quickly, they will become a
team that opponents will find
difficult to play against. A
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be one of the many keys to
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