Young Squad Facing Fresh Season

TARA MURPHY

ALAN MENA

The Manhattanville men’s basketball team is looking to make their mark in the 2016-17 season.

In his 13th season, head coach Pat Scanlon must make adjustments for the young team. The assistant coaching staff is relatively new, each either in their first, second, or third season with the team.

Scanlon has the help of three assistant coaches: Joe Busacca, Brian Marable, and Frank Kelly. Busacca, is a Staten Island native, who is in his first season as an assistant coach. Busacca graduated from Misericordia’15, which is also in the Freedom Conference. Brian Marable, is in his second season as an assistant coach, and has extensive experience in coaching and scouting. His experience will be extremely crucial to the development of this young team. Frank Kelly is in his third season coaching the Valiants and has experience as a head coach from several high school basketball teams.

In an interview with Tyson Agler, Scanlon was asked what his first thoughts are of the team after two scrimmages- “… it was up and down, which some of it is to be expected, and some of it is we have to do a be er job,” said Scanlon.

Scanlon is aware that there is room for improvement, but he is optimistic about the progress thus far. Juan Camachoe, Andrew Winter, and Anthony Maestre, all graduated last May and played
a vital role for the offensive end over the past four years. Scanlon will have to look towards his underclassmen to fulfill the gaps.

With only one senior, Charles Nardone, half of the team is comprised of juniors, while the other seven players are freshman and sophomores. The work of the upperclassmen will play a huge role for the Valiants.

The Valiants kicked off the 2016- 2017 season against Hunter College on Nov. 15, and received their first victory of the season, with a score of 75-67. The Valiants will face Williams College and Framingham State/Maine Maritime in upcoming games. It’s going to be an exciting season as Scanlon and his staff are in the process of rebuilding, and utilizing the young talent for years to come.