St. Joseph boys will rely on offensive balance this season
For most of his 15-year tenure at St. Joseph, Kelly Robinson has had at least one player who can score points in bunches.
He may not have that type of player this season, but the coach thinks this might be one of his most fun to coach.
“I would think some people who know the program wonder if we can play without that go-to guy,” Robinson said. “Not having that guy, this program can still be successful.”
Robinson has coached nine 1,000-point scorers.
The most recent will be tough to replace. The graduation of John Arcuri leaves a big hole in the offensive game for the Spartans. Arcuri, now at Westminster, averaged 25.3 points per game.
The Spartans finished 9-14 (4-6 in Section 4-A) last season. That was good enough for a fourth-place finish and a playoff berth.
Of those players returning, seniors Chris Gamble and Joe Luciana and junior John Ferguson have seen significant time.
Guard Gamble and forward Luciana each averaged five points per game and guard/forward Ferguson had 6.6 per contest.
“Those are the three guys who averaged the most (points) who are coming back this year,” Robinson said.
Juniors Sam Beaver and Bill Sadecky will see significant time in the starting lineup.
Robinson will only dress 10 players this season. All will see a lot of minutes.
“It's a fun group of guys. That's a small number for any program,” Robinson said. “They've grown to play together. They've played a lot of basketball together.”
Rounding out the roster are seniors Mitch Farrell and Vince Tosto, juniors Jesus Munoz and Dan Sullivan and sophomore Noah Ferguson.
“We have a lot of guys who can put points up. Considering we're going to play all 10, there could be a kid with a hot hand,” Robinson said.
“It might be the eighth or ninth guy. The next night, it could be someone different. I don't have the guys who can put up 20 (points), but I have a lot of guys who can put up 12 or 14.”
While a lot of players can put up points, there is an unselfish nature across squad that could help the team's overall scoring.
“You look at some of the guys you know can put up points. You'll see that guy make the extra pass to the guys with a better look,” Robinson said. “That could make it even more different to defend us. If you over commit to them, they'll dish it off without a second thought.”
That is an asset that will be required if St. Joseph wants to be successful in a tough Section 4-A.
According to Robinson, there is really only one goal the program strives for every year.
It hasn't changed since he took the job.
“The only goal we set for ourselves is to make the playoffs. At that time, it's a new season,” Robinson said. “I honestly don't go beyond that. I never set a goal to do anything else.”
Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.