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 2012-13 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.
|Time, Work and Progress……|
This past 2013/2014 season was a learning experience in many ways for not only the players but for the coaching staff as well.
It was a year of adjustments and getting to know and understand the players and the team as a unit.
First as expected last year the graduation of 6’4 Kalvin Cline (Fourth leading Scorer in PC History)now playing Football at Virginia Tech.
6’7 Romas Marcinkevious now playing Basketball at NYU,6’7 Veerain Gupta now at Duke and 6’5 Ethan Goldman at Florida and 6’1 Kyle Fitzsimons
In addition the unexpected the loss of an All Country Guard and Two additional Players left Pine Crest and we had to adept back to the fundamentals and to
Give different players an opportunity to get “minutes”.
Prior to the season beginning we lost for the season 6’9 Freshmen AJ Haeffner and were left with Players who had limited Varsity Experience and learning the game.
It would be the defense that kept us close in games until we found the offense needed for victory.
This help us achieve a 18-8 record this year ; but wasn’t enough to get to the State Tournament.
We return Senior 6’11 Antonio Vrankovic who averaged this season with 20 points,13 rebounds ,2blocks and 2 assists a game and should be a candidate for All County.
The team didn’t have any one else average double figures ;but it did have players like Chris Marzouca,AJ Sacks,Nick Nolting and Chandler Pollack get an opportunity to
Learn and better understand the game.
6’9 Freshmen Brett Haeffner showed major strides in his game with an average of 7 points and 7 rebounds and 1 block.
We anticipate his brother AJ also 6’9 will be ready and back from his season ending injury with the energy and work effort he has shown in the past.
But it will take a lot more next season from several others if we are to go to States.
The Offense can’t and shouldn’t depend on one source ,we will need consistency if we are to compete .
Defense will Always be the key to winning.
Next Year we expect that the individuals who are returning will work hard in the off season and come “ready to play”.
Take advantage of the resources we have in the Weight Room and Coach Roberts off season training skills.
Be in better shape and understand that no one will give you anything and we must work for everything we get.
That is the Panther way……
2013-14 Boys' Varsity Basketball Team
Ike Smith, Karl Nitowski
Trainer: Garrick Edwards
Manager: Max Rubinoff and Jason Meisel
Chandler Cissel - 6'0 (G)
Austin Litofsky - 6'3-(G)
Ben Schecter - 5'10-(G)
Andy Wang - 6'3-(G/F)
Erik Haig - 6'5 (F)
Nick Nolting - 6'6 (F)
AJ Sacks - 6'0-(G)
Antonio Vrankiovic - 6'11-(F/C)
Garrison Bentz -6'4(F)
Cameron Reid - 5'9(G)
Andrew Haeffner - 6'9 (F)
Brett Haeffner - 6'9 (F)
Chris Marzouca - 5'7 (G)
Chandler Pollock - 6'3 (F)