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Bristol Panthers High School Basketball

BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Last year’s Bristol team dominated Mathews in the District Championship (74-44) to advance to the Division IV Sweet 16. The Panthers won 13-games and outscored their opposition by 14-points per outing.

This season, coach Craig Giesy returns 4 letter winners (Nick Church, Mikey Burbach, Hadyn Mahan and Jonny Stephens). Church, a 6’3 guard, led the team in scoring as a junior by posting a 16.4 average. Burbach put together a stat line of 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman.

“We have similar goals this season,” points our Giesy. “Nick will be leading the charge as our top scorer. [Burbach and Mahan] will be asked to fill larger roles this season and [Stephens and Garrett Roach] look to establish themselves as energy guys on this version of the team. We have a strong freshman class (led by Kaiden Kohler and Trevor Mendenhall) that will also have a chance to help contribute to this team.”

“We’ll look to use our length and athleticism to create bedlam on the defensive end and in return using a high basketball IQ to take advantage of mismatches on the offensive side of the floor,” indicates Giesy. “The key to success will depend on how mentally tough this team can be through the adversity this season will bring.”

The Panthers will begin the 2021-22 season at LaBrae on November 30.

Bristol Panthers
Head Coach: Craig Giesy, 11th season (191-46 overall)
2020-21 Record: 13-4 (8-0), 1st place in NAC
Last 5-Year Record: 98-20 (83.1%)

2020-21 Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: 65.5
Scoring Defense: 51.2

2020-21 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Nick Church – 16.4
Rebounding: Mikey Burbach – 7.4
Assists: Jeremy Miller – 6.5
Steals: Jeremy Miller – 2.2
Field Goal Percentage: Mikey Burbach – 58.1%
Three-Point Percentage: Anthony Dakin – 40.0%
Free Throw Percentage: Jake Erjavec – 82.5%

PREVIEW
-Bristol has averaged 65-points or more per season over the last 9 years.

-Senior Nick Church saw his numbers increase from his sophomore year (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg) to his junior campaign last winter (16.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg). He’ll want to see percentages get back to the level it was at two years ago. In the 2019-20 season, he shot 47.1% from long distance and 77.2% at the free throw line.

-Bristol has posted 10 straight winning seasons. During that span, the Panthers earned NAC titles in each year. That’s a long way from registering a 3-18 season in 2010-11.

-Over the past 9 years, the Panthers have averaged 4 losses per year.

2021-22 Schedule
Nov. 30 – at LaBrae
Dec. 3 – at Lordstown
Dec. 7 – Garrettsville Garfield
Dec. 10 – Southington
Dec. 14 – at Windham
Dec. 17 – Mathews
Dec. 21 – at Warren JFK
Dec. 29 – vs. Kouts at Hoosier Gym
Jan. 4 – at Maplewood
Jan. 7 – Badger
Jan. 11 – at Pymatuning Valley
Jan. 14 – Lordstown
Jan. 15 – Champion
Jan. 18 – at Fairport Harding
Jan. 22 – Maplewood
Jan. 25 – at Southington
Jan. 28 – Windham
Feb. 1 – at Mathews
Feb. 8 – at Badger
Feb. 11 – Pymatuning Valley
Feb. 15 – at Ursuline
Feb. 18 – Fairport Harding

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