By Christian Guerithault ’14 & P. Erik Meyer ’14
The Brophy Broncos are set to begin another basketball season when they tip off their 2012-2013 regular season against Mountain Pointe on Nov. 27.
The Broncos have spent a long summer preparing for this coming season, and they say they are as ready as ever to play.
“It started right after last season ended. Offseason workouts and June summer league, stuff like that, just a lot of hard work over the past couple months, working by ourselves on our own skills and working together as a team building good chemistry throughout the summer,” said starter Conor Triplett ’14.
To prepare for the upcoming basketball season, the Broncos are not doing anything unique.
“They run, they lift, and they play,” said head basketball coach Mr. Tony Fuller.
The Broncos already know what they want this season.
“We’re hoping that we can ride what we’ve done over the past couple seasons and what we’ve worked on this offseason into a good year,” Triplett said.
Mr. Fuller expects the same.
“We can expect to see a team that plays hard, plays together, defends to the best of their ability and rebounds the basketball,” Mr. Fuller said.
This year’s team will be a young group.
“We have seven players returning from last year’s team,” Mr. Fuller said. “Of the seven players, only two of them received much playing time, so they’re really all new.”
Although experience may be a concern for the team, they also have some strengths in the post and behind the arc.
“We have an inside presence in Tim Kempton ’13, who is an all-state selection,” Mr. Fuller said.
“Having Tim is definitely a strength, I think our post play will be very good this year and we’ll be able to do a lot of things off that, and our shooting has gotten a lot better so I think three point shooting will be one of our big keys this year,” Triplett said.
The team also has strengths with chemistry on and off the court, Mr. Fuller said, as well as a big strength in the stands.
“The fans are very important, they give great inspiration, they can pull you through when things aren’t going well,” Mr. Fuller said.
Despite having raucous fans, the team needs to direct their focus on the court.
“I think our chemistry both defensively, offensively and just off the court will definitely be an asset throughout the year,” Triplett said.
The 2012 Brophy basketball team is always looking to improve.
“You can always get better at everything so we strive to get better every day,” Triplett said.