What coach Tim May sees when he looks at his boys basketball team — finishing the season with a record of 8-14 — is not just a group that compiled a losing record with only six healthy players to put out on the court in the final couple of games.
What May sees is a lineup that competed hard and faithfully, even when the odds of beating a team of very tall, talented players were slim and none. What May also sees is a reason to be excited about next year. “With the six players that are returning, plus some JV players, we have the potential to be pretty darn good,” he says.
Moreover, May’s players don’t just go into hoops hibernation and show up next fall for practice before the season starts. May’s players use the off-season—his “favorite part of the year” — to “improve…get stronger, become more flexible, jump higher, and work on their individual games.”
Another reason for May to be hopeful is the fact that the Broncos will be in a league next fall “for the first time in seven or eight years.” What a league will bring to the Broncos basketball program is “some stability in our schedule, especially in January and February,” May continues.
Being in a league means playing on a more regular basis, the coach explained. It’s rough on the players trying to maintain focus when “you play one game on a Tuesday, take nine days off, then play another game. The games become inconsequential and there is nothing to vie for,” May added.
The top scorers on the Broncos this season: junior Eddie Salazar (258 points; 11.7 per game); sophomore Andy Gordon (249 points; 11.3 per game); and junior Ramiro Medina (226 points; 12.6 per game).
Gordon, the only 6-footer on the squad, grabbed 272 rebounds to lead the team. Connor Cunningham pulled down 88 rebounds and Jaime Torres hauled down 69. Sean Mertens led the team in assists (67) and Medina chipped in with 64 assists. Gordon also led the team in blocked shots with 22 of the team’s total of 37.
— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian