Tuckerton Leader

Wildcat Hoopsters Hope to Build Off Last Season’s Big Turnaround

Dec 07, 2018

After struggling in head coach Fred Johnson’s first season, the Pinelands Regional High School boys varsity basketball team went 15-11 (10-4 in the B-South division) last year.

That was a big jump from going 3-21 in 2016-17.

“We are only one week in, but so far our players have done a good job showing up each day with the intent to get better,” said Johnson. “We return an experienced group of seniors that understand the importance of focusing on our growth one day a time.”

The coach will be relying on senior guards Andrew Shulz and Anthony Diaz for scoring, as they respectively averaged 15.4 and 13.9 points per game. Shulz also averaged 5.7 rebounds per game and Diaz had 2.4 steals per game.

Junior Ryan Skeie, a 6-3 forward, contributed 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Another starter at guard, senior Garrett Brown, was a reserve last year averaging 2.8 points and 2.9 rebound per game.

Johnson will also have senior guard Luke Wiatrowski back after missing most of last season due to a knee injury.

Rounding out the roster are senior Kevin Cameron and Ricky O’Brien, senior guard Arpit Gainder, junior forwards Andrew Bartlett and Ed Wilkinson, sophomore forward Andrew Jenkins and sophomore guard Josh Kline. 

The Wildcats open B-South play at home against Donovan Catholic on Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. Another division rival, Manchester, visits on Tuesday, Dec, 18, 6:30 p.m.

They will start the new year on the road against Jackson Liberty on Thursday, Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m.  —E.E.





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