Rebuilding year for Lyman Memorial boys' basketball
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
The Lyman Memorial boys’ basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with a 10-10 record. “It was the best season in a long time,” said head coach Chris Fabry. The team ended the post-season in the first round of the state tournament, with a loss to Haddam-Killingworth, and lost a number of important players to graduation - three starters and three role players off the bench.
“Last year we were senior-heavy, with a ton of varsity experience,” said Fabry. The 2013-14 Bulldogs are a much less experienced group. “This year we are most of the time starting four sophomores with one senior,” said Fabry. “The seasons are completely different from each other. This year we have very little experience, but that is good for the future.”
The team has performed well defensively during the early part of the season. “But we have had issues working together and handling pressure,” said Fabry. The result has been an early-season record of 2-6 as of Jan. 14, with wins coming against Thomaston and Wheeler.
Senior Dylan Conley is the most experienced player on the team, a top scorer and a strong three-point shooter. Fabry calls senior Joe Meese a “tough, undersized big man starter.” Senior Joe Gamache is a “utility man coming off the bench to fill all different roles,” said Fabry.
“The season goal is always to extend the season and make the post-season,” said Fabry, adding that it will be tough for Lyman to make it to the post-season this year. “Most of the conference returned all of their starters, and we had to completely rebuild,” said Fabry. “Mainly I want to be as competitive as we can possibly be and win some big games. It will take work and improvement in every single second of every single practice.”
The tri-captains for this year’s Lyman Memorial High School varsity basketball team are seniors Conley, Meese and Gamache.