Howland goes to look totally different this season.
Final 12 months’s group was guided by Anthony Massucci on offense and his commencement goes to depart a gap in this system.
Whereas the lack of Massucci is a giant one, that gap goes to be crammed by a number of gamers who’re in a position to fill the online.
In reality, the group’s scoring means is its energy in response to coach Dan Bubon.
“Final 12 months’s offense early was just about Anthony scoring, and in a while it was Anthony scoring and playmaking and us being actually good defensively as a gaggle and profitable plenty of shut video games,” Bubon mentioned. “This 12 months, now we have far more threats on offense to attain double digits. We’ve a number of guys that would get double digits on any evening. On offense, I actually like the place we’re at.
“Defensively, it’s wait and see with this group. I don’t know proper now in the event that they’re going to be nearly as good defensively as final 12 months’s group. If they’re, we’ll be actually good. In the event that they aren’t, we’ve simply obtained to maintain working till we get to the purpose that we’re.”
As Bubon mentioned, on the offensive finish of the court docket, they’ve a number of guys they’ll depend on to fill the basket when wanted.
Alex Henry, Connor Durig, Ben Bronson and David Manios are just some names who will see their roles develop this 12 months.
Durig particularly is a reputation who might be one to be careful for this season for the Tigers.
“Connor could possibly be the large shock for everyone,” Bubon mentioned. “Final 12 months, he was our seventh man. If he performs to his potential. He could possibly be among the best gamers within the space. He actually has that a lot expertise. His athleticism, leaping means, means to shoot. There’s not a lot that he can’t do.”
Bubon thinks the All-American Convention is as broad open because it has been in a while.
When he first obtained to Howland, Harding dominated the league, then Boardman stepped up during the last 4. As this season quick approaches, Bubon thinks the league goes to be extra even this 12 months and that it’s anybody’s title.
To not say that Boardman isn’t the group to beat this time round. The four-time defending league champions have a goal on their again, however with the group the Tigers have, Bubon thinks it’s doable they could possibly be the group that snaps Boardman’s streak.
As for the non-league schedule this season, Howland’s schedule is beefed up like regular. Ursuline, Kennedy, Chaney and Louisville are a couple of of the challenges mendacity forward for the Tigers.
Final season ended with Howland enjoying a few of its finest basketball, taking down Struthers and Ursuline to achieve the district finals.
Whereas they didn’t win, it laid the inspiration for this 12 months’s group and what they’ll accomplish.
“We’ve talked about this loads,” Bubon mentioned. “The truth that we went to Ursuline in December, they usually beat us unhealthy. The worst beating we took final 12 months was at Ursuline. Then we circled 12 weeks later and beat them within the match. That’s one thing we’ve been preaching, that you would be able to all the time get higher, you may all the time enhance. You guys study from stuff you’ve completed improper. We’ve talked about that one loads.
“Each match wins had been huge final 12 months. Beating Struthers at Struthers. They had been actually good final 12 months after which beating Ursuline to get to the district remaining, I feel it simply gave the youngsters confidence that we might play with anyone. You’ve obtained to play nicely, you’ve obtained to lock in and one our assignments are however what we do we are able to play with anyone.”
The Tigers’ season begins on Tuesday on the street towards Poland. Whereas hopes are excessive for the 12 months, Bubon was certain to say that offseason pleasure doesn’t matter.
Nothing counts till balls hit the hardwood.
“It is a enjoyable group of youngsters to be round,” Bubon mentioned. “We’re wanting ahead to getting began. You by no means actually know what’s going to occur till the lights come on for actual however I’m wanting ahead to the season.”