By: Dan Waldman
Pipeline Assistant News Editor
The Pikesville High School Boys Varsity Basketball team tipped off the 2012-2013 season on December 5. Their first official game this season was versus Cesar Chavez High from the District of Columbia.
Last season the team finished with a record of 9-15. This season, the team is faced with the challenge of playing teams that have better records than the teams they played last year.
Some of the more challenging games for the team will be early on versus Loyola Blakefield, Friends, and Chavez. This season the team will look to improve on the record from last year and make a run for the State Championship.
The team returns 10 seniors this season. The center on the team, Robert Monfred (’13) feels the team improved from last season. Last season Robert averaged 2.4 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game.
“We have a great team this season, we can definitely go far. We have great team chemistry and talent. The leadership on this team could make us one of the best basketball teams in Pikesville history,” Robert said.
PHS will look to improve on their defense this season, after allowing an average of 63 points per game last season to opposing teams.
Coach Anthony Dorsey runs drills with his team to make sure that they are prepared for in game situations. Last season there were several games that Pikesville lost by less than five. Coach Dorsey wants to make sure that his team is conditioned so that they can compete late in the fourth quarter.
“We have to cut down on turn on turnovers. We need to play together as a team and show urgency to win late in the game,” Coach Dorsey said.
Among the seniors returning is the captain, Sae’kno Brown. Last season, Sae’kno averaged 8.9 points per game as well as 1.1 steals per game. Being the captain of the team, Sae’kno feels that he provides the team with experience and that he can lead the team to victory this year.
“We have all matured, we are more of a family now and we know what it takes to win it all. I need to provide leadership to the team and help run the offense,” Sae’kno said.
Last season, the team scored fewer points than they allowed and were out-rebounded in their games. Sae’kno also knows what the team needs to improve on in order to be successful this season.
“We need to work on our quick decision making and reaction time. In games you will not have a lot of time to think about what your next move will be so you need to make up your mind quickly. The team needs to play intelligent basketball and cut down on turnovers,” Sae’kno said.
Coach Dorsey feels that there are several players on the team who can play in college as well.
“I have three or four who are getting looked at by Division III schools. I know Andre Cherry, Daquan Harris, Sae’kno Brown and Jamelle Christian all have interest in playing in division I,” said Coach Dorsey.
Although statistically Pikesville has a more vigorous schedule this season based on the records and points scored by the opposing teams, the team is supplied with more seniors and more experience.
The team will look to transfer this veteran leadership into their games this season and finish with an improved record over last season.
According to Senior Antoine Hamlin there is only one goal for the team.
“Winning a championship is our ultimate goal,” Antoine said.