Trojans return three letterwinners from last season’s team.
TROY — Troy basketball coach Paul Bremigan is cautiously optimistic entering the 2017-2018 season. Troy only returns three letterman from a 6-17 record from last season.
Troy scrimmaged St. Henry on Saturday and struggled to score at times even though they ended up winning four of the eight quarters played by both teams.
“We are going to be a very young team,” Bremigan said. “And I stress young. We do return two guards in seniors Brendan Kinnel and Eli Palmer. And Zach Reichelderfer gives us an inside presence. We need somebody to come in and step up for us to be successful.”
Troy won the first quarter 11-7 with St. Henry winning the next four by scores of 11-5, 11-0, 19-4, 23-7. The Trojans finally regrouped and won the last three quarters 13-9, 13-8 and 6-3.
“Defensively we got better as the game went,” Bremigan said. “And the scores showed it. But we struggled to put the ball in the hoop. We put excellent pressure on the ball as the scrimmage continued.”
Troy was led by senior wing/post Zach Reichelderfer and inside post players Jacob Martinez and big man Adam Gates. Reichelderfer is smooth around the rim and gets rebounds at both ends. Martinez is an aggressive inside player who fights for everything and causes problems matching up with his foot speed. He goes 6-1 and 225 pounds. Gates is a horse at 6-6 and 235 pounds.
The guards are Brendan Kinnel and Eli Palmer, both seniors who provide experience in the back court. They go along with junior guard Cole Brogan who was brought up to the varsity late last season.
Brogan and Palmer play like each other with good ball skills and provide 3-point shooters from the outside. Both play solid man-to-man defense. Kinnel is a good slasher to the hoop and plays good enough defense. He gets turnovers with aggressiveness.
Junior guard Mike Carey provides depth in the backcourt. Plays with desire and can create turnovers with fast on-the-ball defense. But it remains to be seen how this group of guards fare against tough full-court presses. Turnovers will be a key for Troy to excel.
Wing Caillo Monroe (junior) provides depth at that position. He’s an athletic player who can get off the floor and score and rebound. Sophomore Austin Staniford provides depth at the wing spot. He played varsity for the football team. Guard Sam Shaneyfelt (junior) is a wing guard who gets after it on defense and can score inside despite his size (5-11).
” I look for Sidney to be on top in the GWOC North. They bring back about 60 points of offense per game. The rest of us in the North will be fighting to stay up with them,” Bremigan said.
Troy has another scrimmage at Northmont later this week and then the regular season starts with a home game vs. St. Marys. The GWOC part of the schedule gets started Dec. 8 when Troy will travel to Greenville.