Tonawanda News — Davis is averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 13.9 minutes off the bench. Troy Nowak (Orchard Park) and Tom Escott (St. Joe’s/Amherst) are the other Western New Yorker’s on the team.
“It was a conscious decision to try and (get local players),” Silveri said. “I felt that there were good players in Western New York that could help us have a successful program. Obviously it’s worked out very well.”
Silveri also targeted the Rochester area in recent years and he said he lucked out with guard Casey Sheehan (Greece Athena H.S.) and center Gerald Beverly (Gates Chili H.S.). Silveri called Sheehan the most athletic guard he’s ever coached and said Beverly has made the quickest improvement he’s ever seen in a player from high school to college.
Sheehan said Daemen has been so successful because everyone has bought into the system.
“Everyone knows their role and everyone’s playing their heart out every day,” he said. “We’re always together, even out of practice. You’d think we would get sick of each other but even when we’re out of practice we’re always hanging out. … That’s a big thing how everyone is buying in. That’s why we are where we are, 25-5.”
Miranto said that the No. 3-seed Wildcats’ confidence level is at a season high headed into their first round matchup against No. 6-seed Apprentice School at 5 p.m. today.
“We got a little bit of swagger about us right now and it’s a good thing,” he said. “Our guys are confident going into each and every game, and that doesn’t just come from winning a lot — that helps — but these guys come and work every day in practice.”
Silveri said success in the tournament will mean they have to continue to play to their strengths: good defense and a fast transition.
All tournament games are available on the USCAA website and video links can be found at wildcats.daemen.edu.
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