Boys varsity basketball in great shape for spectacular season next year despite star player leaving

Russell Finelsen, Editor-in-Chief

The boys varsity basketball team ended their season on a disappointing note with back-to-back losses in the WPIAL quarterfinals (65-63 loss to North Allegheny) and the PIAA Play-in First Round game (70-56 loss to North Hills). Nonetheless, thanks to four-game and five-game winning streaks, the team finished the season 16-9 overall and 10-4 in section play. And, even though the team’s best player graduated this past June, the team has plenty of great players for next season.

Joey Mascaro is the team’s biggest loss for next season. As a senior, Mascaro scored 19.1 points per game, and 363 points throughout the season. In addition, this season, he was selected to The Almanac’s All-Star roster. He was a big piece to the team’s success.

Other seniors on the team that graduated include Daniel Breit and Sam Volpatti. Breit scored 7.3 points per game and 22 points overall, while Volpatti had 10 points per game and 50 points during the course of the season.

Meanwhile, BP has a multitude of rising seniors to help take the team to the next level. These players include: Jake Dixon, Anthony Bomar, Levi Metheny, Chance Wright, and Lucas Duda.

Even though he did not play much last season, Wright’s totals from last season should earn him more time on the floor next season. He scored 50 points during the season and 12.5 points per game.

Duda is the team’s main threat from the three-point line. He scored 124 points during the season, which was third on the team. He also scored 12.4 points per game.

Metheny, who is also the football team’s star quarterback, put his jumper to good use last season. He scored 85 points during the season and 12.1 points per game.

Bomar was once of the team’s best guards last season, and was especially good on defense. He scored 73 points last season and 10.4 points per game. He was also a honorable mention for The Almanac’s All-Star team.

Dixon was good all around the court, but especially in the paint. He scored 215 points throughout the season and 15.4 points per game. He was also an honorable mention for the All-Star team.

Furthermore, the team should be helped by two rising sophomores: James Gmiter and Justin Meis. Gmiter is the team’s only center and should be a a big force in the paint alongside Dixon. Meanwhile, Meis is an excellent perimeter shooter and should do well when partnered with Duda or Wright.