Tuckerton Leader

Goal of Pinelands Regional Hoopsters: Improve Offense

Dec 01, 2017

Key graduation losses meant that Pinelands Regional High School boys basketball was going to struggle last season, and the Wildcats had a tough time on the court, going 3-21 (1-12 in the Shore Conference B-South division).

“We hope to build from last year’s experience by competing in our division,” said head coach Fred Johnson. “We are returning eight varsity letter winners.”

Since this week marked the beginning of practices, Johnson has yet to completely sort out the line-up. He does have return starters including senior guard Caden Sundermann, junior guards Anthony Diaz and Luke Wiatrowski, and junior forwards Andrew Schulz and Garrett Brown.

Diaz was the team’s leading scorer at 12.7 per game and also led in three-point baskets (41). Chris Burke, who has graduated, was second with 10.7 and also had the most assists, with 48. Schulz, who was third in scoring at 8.3, led the team in rebounds with 91.

Other returning varsity letter winners include senior forward Chris Lewis and junior forwards Devin Kidd and Kevin Cameron.

Newcomers include seniors Travis Spagnola, Dylan Breese, Matt Ingold and Matt Muller;  juniors Arpit Gainder, Kieren Sundermann and Aniello Lubrano; and sophomore Ryan Skeie.

To improve their record, the Wildcats will have to pick up the scoring as they averaged just 43.3 points per game.

The Wildcats open the season on their home court against Barnegat on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Barnegat was one of the three teams the Wildcats posted victories against, defeating the Bengals, 64-55, in their biggest offensive output of the season. Pinelands’ other wins came against Steinert and Lacey.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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