Welcome to Coach B’s blog. Here's where you'll find all the Xs and Os about press, man vs. zone defense, fast breaks, and substitutes. It's all Pine Crest hoops, all the time! I'll keep you updated on our mission for a State Championship, provide you with a sneak peak of our upcoming 2014-15 basketball campaign, and share some knowledge about the ins and outs of the season. I'll also try to address any pertinent questions along the way that you have about our season, the players, and our coaches.
The end of a season and end of an era
The Boys Varsity Basketball program ended its season with the presentations
Of Letters and Participation awards and conclusion of a 18-9 season.
The Varsity played 27 games this season and based on appearing in 14 or more games the following
boys were awarded Varsity Letters.
Seniors- Antonio Vrankovic,AJ Sacks, Jonah Scrudders,Nick Nolting’
Juniors- Garrison Bentz, Tim Cox,Kyle Garfinkel, Luke Mansour
Sophomore-Chris Marzouca
Freshmen- Chandler Pollock, Chris Alexander,
The Following were Awarded Participation awards:
Freshmen-Miles Polley, Blake Guillaume
In addition four specific awards were noted:
Captains Cup-Antonio Vrankovic and AJ Sacks
Panther Award (outstanding athlete )-Antonio Vrankovic
Coaches Awards – Johan Scrudders,Chris Marzouca
Panther Cub (Rookie)- Chris Alexander
One means of evaluating a team, is was it better at the end of the season than the beginning?
The 2014/2015 Team improved a great deal from the start of the season and was much better.
Clearly the team was influenced by the play of 6’11-260 lb. Center Antonio Vrankovic but the steady play of AJ Sacks
And Nick Nolting along with the shooting of Johan Scrudders and floor play of Chris Marzouca supported the improvement.
This combined with the significant strides made by freshmen Chandler Pollock and Chris Alexander .
Kyle Garfinkel, Luke Mansour, Tim Cox and Garrison Bentz always played hard and supported the team towards the goal of winning.
The team returns four seniors, one junior and four sophomores all that have earned varsity time and valuable experience.
It should be a team that will be competitive next year.
Each Team I have coached at Pine Crest has been special to me personally.
Yes we had great success winning Three State Championships and going to the State Final Four Six Consecutive Times.
Winning 6 Regional and 5 District Championships was a real accomplishment for the team and the school.
Even winning the Coach of the Year 5 times and having a record of 241 wins and only 69 losses was a Tribute
to the players and coaches that made things happen.
In the end I will miss the boys and cherish all the memories.
A Special Thanks to Elena Del Alamo a True professional and the Three Solid Athletic Directors
I worked under, Jim Foster, Keith Flynn and Jeff Johnson.
This will be the last team I coach at Pine Crest…..
Coach B

Senior Profile
This was 6’1 Jonah Scrudders first year on the Varsity and certainly has made a contribution.
In addition to his offensive skills, he has a quick wit and understood his role on the team.
He worked very hard this season and clearly showed improvement in his skill set.
Has been accepted to several Universities and will make a decision soon on his choice.
6’7 Nick Nolting has come a long way as a person and as a basketball player.
He has improved his skill level a great deal.
He is personable and has a great sense of humor that most teams need.
Nick also played Football will be attending Davidson University (as a Long Snapper)
I also own him a round of golf…..
6’11 Co-Captain Antonio Vrankovic Clearly has left his mark as a Panther.
In the Classroom he has achieved the opportunity to attend Ivy League Schools
And on the court establish or tied several records at Pine Crest.
Tied Brandon Knight with 55 points in a game. Antonio did it in regulation while Brandon did it in 
Four overtimes. 
He set the record for Blocks in a season with 118 and rebounds in a season with 415
Where ever Antonio goes he will make another mark as a person and as an athlete .
6’0 Co-Captain “AJ” Sacks is a rare breed.
Has a mature approach to the game ,to school and to life itself.
He makes friends easily and contributes no matter where or what the issue is.
At the Point Guard position he was the leader of the team.
He was accepted early to Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania .
He is a special young man in so many ways.
I wish only the best to the seniors who will be moving on to the next level in their lives….

Lions Roll Over Panthers to Reach District Finals 78 to 47
It was a night the home town crowd saw a different team that upset Calvary Christian and played terrific defense to reach the Semi-Finals of the District.

Defense Excels and Panthers Win 55 to 37 District Game
Playing at home Pine Crest avenged an early season loss to Calvary Christian 69 to 64 in the Quarter Finals of the District Playoffs.

Shorthanded Panthers Fall to Zion Lutheran 74 to 54
Injuries are part of the game and it couldn't have happened at a worst time.

Panthers Beat the Buccaneers 82 to 74
Pine Crest extended their winning streak to eight games with the victory over the Benjamin School.

Panthers Prevail on Senior Night
Pine Crest won its seventh consecutive game with a 51 to 40 over Palmer Trinity.

Pine Crest Runs by Pompano Beach 77 to 61
The Panthers of Pine Crest won their 6th consecutive game with an impressive win over the Golden Tornadoes of Pompano Beach.

Vrankovic Ties Record in Shoot out Win
Antonio Vrankovic and Brandon Knight now share the scoring record when the 6'11 Senior dropped in 55 points in the 87 to 65 win over Taravella High School.

Last Second Shot Earns District Win
The anticipated district game against the University School had it all. A match up of key players, seeding for the playoffs, and a game that wasn't decided until the final seconds.

A Well Deserved Honor
Congratulations to Co-Captain Antonio Vrankovic who was recently named Honorable McDonald's All American.

Sheridan Hills No Match for the Panthers
Pine Crest defense and control of the backboards made it easy to cruise to a 59 to 28 victory.

Pine Crest Outlasts Fort Lauderdale H.S. 80 to 68
It was a shootout between two Seniors - 6'4 Jay Pierce forward at Ft. Lauderdale H.S., who dropped 34 points, and 6'11 Antonio Vrankovic, who had a career high 36 points for the Panthers.

Lions Nip Panthers in District 69 to 61
Chaminade Madonna, one of the pre-season favorites to win the District Title, was pushed by the Panthers in a game played at the "Lion's Den".

Pine Crest Loses to Cardinal Gibbons 66 to 51
How many times have you heard about "moral victories"? Well, this game against the nationally ranked (15th) Cardinal Gibbons and the Number One Ranked Team in the State of Florida may have been one.
Past Blog Entries
2014-15 Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Nick Nolting: 6'7
Alan Sacks: 6'0
Jonah Scrudders: 6'1
Antonio Vrankovic: 6'11
Garrison Bentz: 6'4
Tim Cox: 6'2
Kyle Garfinkel, 6'0
Luke Mansour: 6'1
Chris Marzouca: 5'7
Chris Alexander: 6'0
Blake Guillaume: 5'10
Chandler Pollock: 6'3
Miles Polley: 5'11

Head Coach:
David Beckerman

Assistant Coaches:
Ike Smith
Ed Waite
Essie Hollis

Garrick Edwards

Max Rubinoff
Jason Meisel
Brett Baker
Pine Crest Alumni Currently Playing Basketball in College

Andy Wang - MIT

Brandon Knight - www.nba.com/bucks

Romas Marcinkevicius - New York University

Matt Milk - St. Francis of Brooklyn

Billy Thompson, Jr. - Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri)
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