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December 5, 2012

2012-12 St. Joe's boys basketball preview

Tonawanda News — St. Joe’s didn’t just lose any player when Reggie Agbeko graduated last summer, the Marauders lost somebody that coach Mark Simon said other teams feared.

”We lost a big part of our team from a size and physical perspective,” he said. “He was a player that everybody feared. It’s a big loss for us but we have nine seniors this year and a majority of them played a fair amount of minutes. I expect them to come in and be ready to play right out of the gates.”

Agbeko scored 18.6 points, grabbed 14.5 rebounds and had 2.2 blocks per game last season and to make up for that loss of production, Simon is looking to his experienced players to work together to win games.

Senior point guard Jordan Glover is the key to the Marauders’ offensive game plan. Simon said he is very smart on the basketball court, handles the ball well and finds teammates consistently with his vision. He’s an athletic guard that can score, and he has developed into a strong defender for Simon, who called him the team’s best all-around player.

Simon will look to Glover to keep everybody running in the right direction.

”We’re a lot more balanced. At the end of the season we became too focused on Reggie,” Simon said. “We have seven guys that all can score and not one of them needs to carry a load. We’re talking about team balance offensively, and you need to play defense if you’re going to win. We also want to try and run out in transition to try to get easy baskets.”

Last season the Marauders had a breakout performer in Louis Oliveri who returns this year as a center. He averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season and Simon said he expects him to play a ton of minutes this season.

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