Submitted by Coach Greg Miller
The SGI boys’ Varsity basketball team had an outstanding year both on and off the court. We had a winning record of 14 wins and seven losses, with 11 wins in division play and three losses.
It was a successful and fun year. Unfortunately, the great season came to an end when we played Dunkirk on Feb. 24 at home at the Middle School. The team fought back and forth with Dunkirk, but came up short with a 69-49 loss.
This season was a success in my mind. The team had its ups and downs, but never allowed the downs get to them. They worked hard from summer work, fall time open gyms, and throughout the grueling 4-month season. I am proud of each and every one of these players. It was a year to remember and being in my second year as head coach, I couldn’t be prouder of the team. We will continue to develop our program with youth leagues, modified, JV, and eventually Varsity teams. Overall, this was a great season and I am honored to be a part of such a great team.
Leading scorers were Mason Goodridge, as he averaged 18.9 points per game, with 50 assists and 39 steals.
Mason was awarded the Most Outstanding player for ECIC Division 4 and he was also honored and named to the ALL ECIC Team 2, which included all four divisions in Erie County.
Marcus James averaged 13 points per game, with 81 rebounds and 51 assists. Marcus was named to the first team for ECIC Division 4.
Dominant play came from senior captains John Domes, who had 86 rebounds to lead the team and averaged just over 5 points a game.
Connor O’Brien had another successful year both offensively and defensively.
Lexus Pollard and Austin Coon contributed to a dominating defensive effort every game. It was great having such strong post players this year, leading to more opportunities for our guards to shoot and attack the basket.
Greg Cooney was a shutdown defensive player this year and he received the Sportsmanship Award for ECIC Division 4.
Some underclassmen who stepped up throughout the year included Tyler Kostelny, Matt Sion, Mike Place, Peter Cooney, and Anthony Lasker.
Anthony Lasker took some great steps of improvement this year as he was awarded the Most improved player for the Griffins.
Matt Sion was given the Bob Schlageter Award for his hard work, effort, and desire for the game day in and day out of the season.