Spartan boys look for consistency

Spartan boys look for consistency

SCITUATE - The Scituate High School boys basketball team had a relatively young team last year and will go into this year the same way but with more maturity and more juniors as they compete in Division III west.

"We had a decent season last year," head coach Ralph Apici said. "We started three sophomores and a couple of seniors with young kids coming in off the bench. We won big games but dropped games we shouldn't have."

At the end of the year as they were pushing for the playoffs the Spartans had a lot of make up games to play because of snow postponements. Apici said that they are still a young team starting more underclassmen than seniors but each player will have a role.

"Even though we are young in talent we have three starters coming back, two that have been starters for three years," Apici said. "The other piece is that we are not all that big. Our two big guys are Wyatt Laprade at center and Collins Omollo, who really sprouted up and has grown into his body."

Apici sees good things from returning starter Nick Pietrantozzi, an off guard, who really knows the system well while Apici's diamond in the rough is sophomore Brian Heston.

"He (Heston) really put some length on his body," Apici said. "He is a pure scorer. He is able to get in, penetrate and finish really well."

The point guard will be Jimmy Gianquitti and Apici referred to him as the quarterback and will put a lot of trust in him.

Leading the way for Apici are his three captains, Laprade, Omollo and Danny Heston. Danny Heston will be a key player off the bench as will Austin Barkley, who will stabilize the block with Laprade and Omollo.

In total the Spartans are 24 players, which is the most Apici has kept in his role at the helm.

"This has been one of the best groups," he said. "All 24 kids who want to learn and pay attention will make them that much better. And because of that they play really well together. It is very much a team concept."

"I'm hoping to be a playoff team," Apici said about his season goals. "It will all depend on how the juniors take the leadership role and how Brian (Heston) develops."