Falcons pick up where they left off

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Senior forward Josh Murphy dunks a ball during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior forward Josh Murphy dunks a ball during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi boys' basketball team may not have had a successful 2011 season by most accounts, but the team took home a few positives. They snapped a 24-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010-2011 season, they defeated conference opponent Rockville on the road 65-58, and they ended the season on a three-game winning streak to bring their final record to 3-17.

The Falcons are looking to carry those positives over to the 2012 campaign, where they are practicing hard to improve every day and continue to advance the program in the right direction.

“Hopefully they will pick up where we left off last year,” said head coach Bob Evans. “The spark is there and we have a great group coming back. They know what it takes to win now, they got that taste and they are hungry. I expect competitiveness in every game. I would like to see us with eight-plus wins.”

Fermi is led by five seniors who know what Evans expects day in and day out, on and off the court. Helping the younger players mature, develop and learn the system are three senior captains: point guard Dan Brunetti, shooting guard Alex Zachary, and small forward Justin Rush.

The key to Fermi’s season will be the performance of their senior front court duo of Josh Liebla and Josh Murphy. The twin towers who both stand over 6-feet-3 inches are the team's focal point and will cause match-up nightmares for many teams. When teams collapse on the big men, they can kick it out to Fermi’s shooter for wide open looks. If teams want to pressure the ball and deny the entry pass, the guards will pick them apart with lob passes resulting in easy layups and dunks. The two forwards will also be expected to fortify the Falcon defense and control the paint while dominating the glass.

The length of Zachary and Rush, in addition to Liebla and Murphy in man-to-man as well as zone defenses, will spur the offense from the defensive side of the ball with lots of turnovers and easy baskets in transition.

Evans also hopes for strong contributions off the bench from junior guard Al Sagon and sophomore forward Greg Kraucunas.

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