Green boys basketball team ready for another postseason run
GREEN — The Green High School boys basketball team was out to a 14-2 start overall (8-2 in league play), and head coach Mark Kinsley said his team is playing up to its potential so far.
“We have been playing well,” he said. “We thought coming in that we had a chance to have a very good season. We had seven lettermen returning.”
According to Kinsley, the team’s seniors have been “playing very well.”
“Dan Fanelly leads us in scoring and rebounding,” he said. “Josh Pritchard is one of our top scorers and rebounders. Eddie Janini is shooting 56 percent [on three-point shots]. Mazan Hasan has just started to play after his knee injury in football. He brings toughness on defense and ball-handling on offense.”
Kinsley said the team also has received key contributions from juniors Carson Corle, Nicholas Reale, Casey Perch, Dan Pollock, Landon Holl, Black Suponcic and Griffen Pine and sophomores Austin Marciniak and Kenton Keeslar.
“Nick Reale is our starting point guard, and Austin Marciniak is our starting two, so we’ll have those guys back for next year,” Kinsley said. “We’ll also have a couple of guys who have played quite a bit off the bench back in Carson Corle and Kenton Keeslar. Plus, our [junior varsity] team is 13-3, so we have a good young nucleus coming up with them as well.”
First, however, Kinsley said this year’s team is ready to make its mark.
“We’re going in with the mindset that we want to compete for the district title,” he said. “The last two years we have been in the district championship game and we’ve come up a little bit short. Our goal this year is to get over that hump and win the district championship game. The last two years we’ve gone up against the No. 1 seed, and I think it’s important for us to get back there and play well. I think our kids are confident that we can get to that game and that once we do, we’ll have a really good chance to win it.”
The goal, Kinsley said, is to make sure his team “is playing really well at that time of the year.”
“Last year, we went in and we had a really up and down regular season. We weren’t consistent, but right at the end we started playing well and went on a run,” he stated. “The biggest thing they’ve learned is that anything can happen. Lower seeds beat higher seeds, and you just have to be playing your best basketball at that time.”
The coach said he has seen “definite” improvement as the season has progressed.
“Our two losses were by two points each,” he said. “We’ve gotten better and the kids have really fit in their roles. We’re doing a very good job of sharing the basketball. We’re not relying on one or two guys to do all of our scoring. Obviously, Dan Fanelly does a lot for us, but we’ve had other guys step up and accept their roles and, hopefully, we can keep improving.”
Kinsley said he believes his team has the ability to do just that.
“We know we can play better,” he said. “That’s our goal over the next three weeks, to improve in a few areas. Hopefully, by the end of February we’ll be playing our best basketball, so that when we start playing in the tournament we’ll be able to make another run.”
Next up for Green is a home game against Cloverleaf High School tonight, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
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