Memorial looks to their seniors for leadership

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Campbell Red Devils Basketball

To close out the regular season, the Red Devils had posted a 1-5 mark during a 17-day stretch (Feb. 3 – Feb. 20). Many couldn’t have imagined what took place in the Salem District. The #6 seed Red Devils defeated Fairless in their opener by 5-points (45-40), went to Hanoverton and took out 3rd seeded United by 2 (53-51) and took 2nd seeded Mogadore right down to the wire in the District Semifinal (51-48). When one looks back at that stretch to end the season, Campbell was matched against 3 ranked opponents (#4 LaBrae twice & #6 Poland) and two difficult road tests versus Newton Falls and Liberty. Those contests prepared the Red Devils for what was awaiting in the playoffs. In Nick Canterino’s first season at the helm of Memorial basketball, the Red Devils won just 3 games. Last year, they posted a 12-13 mark. The scoring increased by nearly 10-points a game (44.1 in 2016-17; 53.6 in 2017-18). Can they take the next step without so many experienced players who have graduated from the program?

 

At a Glance

HEAD COACH: Nick Canterino, 3rd season

2017-18 RECORD (AAC Blue): 12-13 (4-8), 5th place

2017-18 POSTSEASON: lost to Mogadore in Salem District Semifinal (51-48)

KEY LOSSES

Tre Edwards (10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

Devontay Johnson (5.4 ppg)

Darion Jones (7.4 ppg) 

Brandon Liggens (4.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Eric Van Cobb (7.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

Past 5-year Win Total: 42

Record against Top 10 opponents (since 2008): 1-10

Last win against Top 10 opponent: Mar. 8, 2011 (def. #7 Manchester, 49-45)

 

Strengths

The Red Devils return Nik Kouros, Raysean Hicks, Iree Carter and Matt Logan. Kouros led the team in scoring a year ago with his 10.1 average. He also shot 35.1% from beyond the arc (26-74) as well as dishing out 2.7 assists and grabbing 4.4 caroms per game. Hicks was strong again as he helped Memorial with a 7.9 scoring average and 6.4 rebounds. He also led the team in free throw shooting with 63.6% (42-66). “Our senior Leadership and basketball IQ are two strengths which we’ll lean on,” says Canterino. 

Area of Concern

Coach Canterino’s bunch will be young without the services of 7 seniors which included the likes of Tre Edwards (10.0 ppg), Eric Van Cobb (7.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Darion Jones (7.4 ppg), Devontay Johnson (5.4 ppg) and Brandon Liggens (4.8 ppg, 4.8 apg). “We’ll be young and inexperienced,” states Canterino. “Players who’ve never played varsity will have to step up in order for us to have a successful season.” Last year, Memorial committed 17.5 turnovers per game and shot just 51.1% from the floor. Both figures will have to improve this year. 

Schedule

Dec. 4 – Lowellville, 7

Dec. 7 – Mineral Ridge, 7

Dec. 11 – at West Branch, 7:30

Dec. 14 – at Brookfield, 7

Dec. 18 – at Badger, 7

Dec. 21 – at Edgewood, 7

Dec. 28 – Springfield, 7:30

Jan. 4 – Poland, 7

Jan. 8 – LaBrae, 7

Jan. 11 – at Champion, 7

Jan. 15 – at Western Reserve, 7

Jan. 18 – at Liberty, 7
Jan. 22 – Crestview, 7
Jan. 25 – Newton Falls, 7

Jan. 29 – Brookfield, 7

Feb. 1 – Edgewood, 7

Feb. 5 – at LaBrae, 7

Feb. 8 – Champion, 7

Feb. 12 – at Crestview, 7

Feb. 15 – Liberty, 7

Feb. 19 – at Newton Falls, 7

Feb. 22 – at Sebring, 7

Starting Five

2010 – Jerah’me Williams, G (Lourdes)

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