Putnam boys' basketball team overview

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
Coach Shawn Deary outlines a play for his Clippers. Photos by D. Coffey.
Coach Shawn Deary outlines a play for his Clippers. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Putnam Clipper’s boys’ basketball team is trying to qualify for the state tournament aided by head coach Shawn Deary and assistant coaches Brandon Kress and Ryan Walsh. They have a hard road ahead on a schedule with some tough competition.

The team is led by senior point guard Tylor Genest, a three-sport athlete. A co-captain, he leads by example, works hard and never gives up, Deary said.

Junior co-captain Jacob Guertin plays shooting guard and is the team’s emotional leader. Game day mornings find him in the gym shooting between 200 and 500 baskets to get ready. Deary has seen Guertin’s continuous improvement throughout the season.

Averaging 12 rebounds a game, junior Steven Dakai works hard under the boards. An excellent defensive player, he creates mismatches for opposing big men. Offensively he can score 17-18 points a game or help with assists.

One of the biggest surprises for Deary is the offensive play of junior forward Jordan Tetreault. Always an aggressive rebounder, he is now getting a lot of second-chance baskets. Great on the fast break and tough to guard because he’s a lefty, Tetreault gets his share of foul shots. He has become the team’s leading scorer.

The Clipper’s fifth starter changes with game-day match-ups. Senior guard Christopher Clinkscale saw starting time early on in the season. Junior forward Mitchell Cristofori has seen a lot of action, and guard Nathan Tozzi has been a good defender, quick to the ball and creating a lot of turnovers with his good hands. Sophomore Nicholas Fouchault also has contributed to the varsity line-up.

Deary said sophomore Jeremee Perez has helped with his rebounding and strong physical play. He also sets good screens. Matt Harmon is also a strong physical player and good rebounder. Brevon Harmon is a great athlete who has the skills and maturity to compete.

Deary sees good potential in his younger players and appreciates the leadership his starters show through their hard work and determination.

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