Tonawanda News — In the team’s two scrimmage’s, Hughes said he’s been impressed with the way the players have trapped and pressed, and the team’s been hard to stop on the fast break. Junior point guard Ben Stitch has the responsibility of guiding the Tonawanda ship when it comes to the break and how they defend.
Hughes has been impressed with how quickly Stitch has improved after getting thrown into the starting lineup in mid-December last season.
”Ben handles the ball and I trust him 100 percent to call the right plays, to dribble and he has a pretty nice shot,” he said. “I’m hoping he looks to score a little bit more this year. I hope he looks to penetrate and kick a little more too. He really evolved as a sophomore last year and he’s one of the key guys that really stepped up.”
Rounding out the Tonawanda starting lineup will be senior Tyler Hughes, junior Connor Pumm and either sophomore Tristan Boling or senior Nick Pullo.
Boling had a breakout season on the football field and coach Hughes has been impressed with how quickly the young forward has adapted to the varsity game on the court. He’s putting in a lot of effort, especially in practice, and it’s allowed him to really stand out defensively in the team’s scrimmages.
Tyler Hughes didn’t have to score much last season because of the production of Lalka, but this season he must assert himself more offensively and look for his shot. Coach Hughes is hoping the up-tempo style of play will allow players to be more aggressive.
The Warriors will go about eight deep and will incorporate sophomores Lorenz Jefferson and Riley Gardner off the bench.
Tonawanda begins its season tonight at Christian Central Academy. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.