By Mark Powers
After a long off-season of practice, conditioning, and reconsidering strategy, a much different Falcons team will be hitting the Ron Limeberger Gymnasium this winter. Senior guards Andre Albason (’18), Will Warner (’18), and Matthew Schneider (’18) will look to lead a hungry group of hoopers to more success this year.
“Our goal for this season is to win league and win a Section Championship” says Schneider, who will look to emerge as a key contributor this season after playing a supporting role last year. Schneider is beyond ecstatic that the season has finally arrived.
“We’ve been practicing early in the morning, working hard all spring, summer, and fall for this opportunity so I feel like this team is beyond ready,” the guard said.
These might seem like lofty goals, but Warner has a plan for how the Falcons can attain them this season.
“We’re a team that most would probably consider undersized, so we have to use that to our advantage by getting out on the break, playing fast and just getting up into people defensively,” he said. “We need to make them feel the pressure”.
For anyone doubting the Falcons this season after losing so much production from last year, Warner wants you to focus on one aspect of this year’s squad in particular.
“This is just a team that’s gonna play hard every night and that’s something we take pride in. We’re not going to back down from anybody. This group has a lot of fight in them. We got that dog inside of us and that’s what’s going to make us special”.
Doubters are sure to remark about how there isn’t really anyone that the Falcons can just throw the ball to and expect a bucket from. This doesn’t concern Warner, however.
“This team is a lot more unselfish on offense than in years past,” he says.
So sure, the Falcons don’t have a DeMarcus Cousins type this season. But instead they have replaced that with a bunch of young and hungry hoopers who are ready to play hard as one team working for the same goals.
THREE KEYS TO THE SEASON
- Sharing the ball: this is the biggest key to the season — if the Falcons can find points from other contributors, play more up tempo basketball, and share the ball more, this will turn into victories for the Falcons.
- Turnovers: the Falcons need to be active on defense and force turnovers to create easy buckets on offense. CB also needs to not waste possessions by turning the ball over.
- Rebounding: the undersized Falcons are likely to struggle with bigger teams, but if they can finish defensive possessions with rebounds consistently, they have the potential to be a great defensive squad.
6’6 senior big man Everett Perrot (’18) will be asked to dominate the paint this season and guard opposing teams’ best big men. He averaged a solid seven points and seven rebounds a game last year, but the Falcons will need both those figures to be in double digits this season if they want to control the paint as Perrot represents CB’s only imposing interior force. The Falcons will rely on his ability to rebound the basketball and protect the paint this season in addition to becoming a bigger offensive contributor. If Perrot can accomplish all of these things, the Falcons should have a lot of success.
This year’s edition of Christian Brothers men’s basketball is sure to be an exciting one to watch this season. A lot of exhilarating up and down basketball is certain to be played this year at CB, and the sky could be the limit for this year’s team.