Section V Boys’ Basketball tips off the 2022-23 season on November 25th. Here are the season previews for Batavia, Eastridge, Greece Odyssey, Greece Olympia and Honeoye Falls-Lima:
BATAVIA BLUE DEVILS (Class B1)
Last season record and finish: 9-14, lost in class B1 sectional semifinals to Palmyra-Macedon
Coach: Buddy Brasky (33rd season, 448-234 career record)
Top returners: Carter McFollins-Cramer Sr. G (15.0 PPG); Ja’Vin McFollins Sr. G
First game: December 9th at Greece Odyssey at 7 p.m.
EASTRIDGE LANCERS (Class A2)
Last season record and finish: 19-3, lost in class A2 sectional semifinals to Pittsford Sutherland
Coach: Daniel Roser (11th season, 111-110 career record)
Top returners: Jalonie Pittman Jr. G; Zy Switzer Sr. G/F; Cordell Young Sr. G (15.0 PPG, All-County Second Team)
Top newcomers: Jelyn Collins Jr. F; Tariq Fryer Jr. F; Ty Kunzer-Borrelli Jr. G; Ayden Pomales Jr. G; Amere Rodger Jr. G; Alex Simmons Jr. F; Jayden West Jr. G
First game: December 2nd vs. Vertus at 7:15 p.m.
GREECE ODYSSEY LEOPARDS (Class B1)
Last season record and finish: 0-21, lost in first round of class B1 sectionals to Hornell
Coach: Gamal Gilchrist (Second season)
Top returners: Ma’Ron McDonald Sr. G (15.5 PPG); Josh Tantalo Sr. G (7.3 PPG); Gavin Williams So. G (5.4 PPG)
First game: December 2nd at Spencerport at 7 p.m.
GREECE OLYMPIA SPARTANS (Class B1)
Last season record and finish: 14-8, lost in class B1 sectional semifinals to Newark
Coach: Joseph Tisa (10th season)
Top returners: William Buttino Sr. G; Landen Evans Sr. G (10.3 PPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 SPG); Ayden Gorham Sr. G/F
Top newcomers: William Brown-Nelson Jr. F; Amari Colon Jr. G; Caiden Evans So. G; Ethan Gorham 8th-G. G; Zyaire Rivera Jr. F
Outlook: “This will be Coach Tisa’s youngest roster since coaching at Greece Olympia. Senior captain Landen Evans gives the Spartans a proven scorer in the lineup. Landen, Caiden Evans and William Brown-Nelson give the Spartans plenty of perimeter shooters which should allow junior Zyaire Rivera plenty of space to operate in the post. Amari Colon, William Buttino and Ethan Gorham provide energy on both ends of the floor and can create off the dribble along with the Evans brothers for the Spartans. The leadership of Ayden Gorham, Landen Evans and William Buttino will be crucial as we compete with an inexperienced roster at the Varsity level. The big question for the Spartans will be whether they can rebound consistently on the defensive end in order to utilize their speed in transition.”
First game: December 6th at Irondequoit at 7:30 p.m.
HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA COUGARS (Class A2)
Last season record and finish: 12-9, lost in class A2 sectional quarterfinals to Pittsford Sutherland
Coach: Corey Allmond (First season)
Top returners: Carson Joint Sr. F/G (6.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 45 percent 3P); Nolan Smith Sr. F (19.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG)
Top newcomers: Chase Perryman Jr. PG
First game: December 2nd at Pittsford Mendon at 7:15 p.m.