Last year’s deep playoff run gives basketball team experience for 2011

By Tyler J. Scott ’12

Photo by Roan Enright '13 - The Brophy Basketball team practices to get ready for their season.
Photo by Roan Enright '13 - The Brophy Basketball team practices to get ready for their season.

After losing in last year’s championship game to the Mesa Mountain View Toros 50-29, the Broncos’ basketball team begins the new season with expectations set high.

The team lost center Sai Tummala ’11 and guard Chris Pierre ’11, among others, who made an impact in last season’s success.

“We don’t have the same natural basketball talent that Tummala and some other seniors had last year, but we have experience of going where we need to go,” said Jordan Medl ’12.

The team returns guards Fred Gammage ’12, Garron Scoon ’12 and Greg Patten ’12.

Forwards James Harper ’12, Tim Kempton ’13 and Medl will return in the front court.

Coach Mr. Tony Fuller said that the team needs depth.

“The guys, 6,7,8,9 need to be ready to go,” Mr. Fuller said. “Everybody’s working hard and I’m pleased with the progress of a lot of guys.”

Medl said he believes that he has the experience needed to get back to the championship.

“Losing state last year was definitely tough, but from the moment we walked off that court in March it’s transferred from disappointment to eagerness,” Medl said.

Students are also eager for the season to start.

“I’m very excited about the basketball season,” said Flavio Bravo ’12. “I know we have great senior leadership on this year’s team.

Last year’s season had a lot of critical moments en route to the state championship.

Brophy once again beat rival St. Mary’s in our Hoopcoming game but the magic didn’t end there.

Going into the playoffs, the Broncos took a six seed.

In the second round Brophy upset No. 3 North and then No.2 Mesa in the third round.

Medl said that as a senior, this year means everything.

“It’s pretty much all or nothing this year, and I think the younger guys feel this vibe too,” Medl said. “My Brophy basketball years have been great but I feel it can’t be complete without a ring.”