Veteran Captains Lead Bourne Boys’ Basketball
By: Dan Crowley
With veteran leadership from three four-year senior captains, the Bourne boys’ basketball team has its sights set on returning to postseason play.
After missing the state tournament for the past five years, the Canalmen have scrimmaged well and are working hard toward posting winning numbers.
“I’m excited about the effort and the intensity,” said Coach Scott Ashworth, now in his 10th varsity season. “We’re rebounding better that we have in the past and we’re putting the ball in the basket.”
Leading the team onto the floor this winter will be captains Erik Smith, Jimmy Halliday, and Cody Sloniecki.Smith will start at point guard for BHS beside Halliday at the shooting guard position. Sloniecki will once again be the big man down low, where his size and physical presence will be a factor for Bourne. All three captains are four-season veterans of the Canalman program.
“They’re all four-year guys,” Coach Ashworth pointed out. “They have worked hard in the off-season and have been instrumental in getting kids to play in summer and fall leagues. They lead verbally and by example and each of them has played at the varsity level since their sophomore year.”
Senior John Page, another four-season veteran will play in the forward position.“John is very athletic,” Ashworth said, “and rebounds exceptionally well for his size.
”Seniors Dave Waguespack, Zach Babcock and Greg Roche will all be playing their first season at the varsity level.
“Dave is a guard and plays aggressive, diving for the ball,” the coach explained. “Zach will play forward, he’s a hard worker, and Roche is a guard. He has been shooting well.”
Junior forward Drew Girouard is back for his third year, but due to an injury will not be ready for the season-opener.
“Hopefully Drew will return sometime in mid-r to late December,” the coach said.
Another junior in his first year at the varsity level is Jay Moriarty.
“Jay will play as both a guard and forward for us.” Ashworth said.
Rounding out the varsity roster for the Canalmen are two sophomores, both playing at the varsity level for the first time. Blake Levenworth and Jack Canterbury added depth to the bench, with Canterbury the back-up point guard and Levenworth also a guard.
Coach Ashworth is pleased with the way the team has played in early scrimmages. The Canalmen will open the winter season on Tuesday, December 14, against Pope John Paul II at the Hyannis Community Center at 5:30 PM.
Coach Jordan Geist will handle the junior varsity and Coach Craig Davidson will work with the freshmen. Ashworth will be assisted by Coaches Scott Goulding and Jim Halliday.
“We’re running the floor well, with some nice breaks,” he added. “I think we’re going to be pretty good defensively. If we can keep practicing the way we have been, I think we’ll be OK. We just have to minimize our mistakes.”
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