Railroader Preview: Boys basketball

T he Whitehall varsity boys basketball program will look to use its athletic ability to compete in the 2010-11 Adirondack League.

“We will be very athletic,” said head coach Keith Redmond. “We will have bench depth and the ability to go 9-10 deep in a game, which should help the fatigue factor late in games.”

The Railroaders will look to replace graduates Chris Therrien, Cory Christian, Tommy Pollinger and Nate Harding with several underclassmen who have been on the varsity roster and several call-ups from the junior varsity level.

Returning players include Luke Wescott, Tim Cook, Josh Hoagland, Jordan LaCroix, Richard Tisi, James Tisi, Nadab Bhatti and Danny Low.

“We are hoping that Jordan will play like he played in football, where there were times that he was dominant,” said Redmond. “Richard and James have the ability to score from anywhere on the court. Luke is an outside threat for when Richard or James are being taken out of the game by the opposition, and Josh has great defensive ability that could lead to some easy baskets for him.”

Newcomers to the squad include Brett Christian, AJ Ricketts, Sam Merriman, Toran Tracy, Matt Watson and Troy Nichols.

Redmond said the team’s style of play will remain quick and up-tempo.

“We want to push the ball up the floor and look for the first available shot when it is presented,” said Redmond. “We will use more man-to-man defense to help create fast break chances. We need to play hard every night and give ourselves chances to win.”

Redmond said that in the Adirondack League, he was hopeful that the team could be in the middle of the pack.

“We will be competitive in our games,” said Redmond. “I would be extremely please with a .500 season.”

The Railroaders open the 2010-11 season with a home game against Fort Ann on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

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