Patriots looking to surprise teams
Lack of experience is one way to describe Freedom’s roster this winter, but that won’t stop the Patriots from looking to surprise teams this season.
The Pates were 12-11 last season, lost all of their top scorers to graduation but head coach Joe Stellato still has a positive outlook on their expectations heading into this season.
“The team is not very experienced, but make up for it in speed and quickness,” Stellato said. “We will use that speed and quickness in a full court game, trying to create offense off our defense.”
Some of the top players Stellato will lean on include 5-10 Sr. G Jaziah Scrafano; 6-3 Sr. F Garrett Duh; 6-0 Sr. G Chrystian Simmons; 5-9 So. G Caleb Mims and 5-9 So. G Malek Mims.
Newcomers include 6-0 Jr. F Reuben Soto; 6-2 Jr. F Jordan McTier and 6-2 Sr. G Dyan Arnold.
“We will be competitive and look to surprise some teams,” he said. “If we play together we will be in the mix. We have a lot of new faces, but these new faces play hard all the time and will look to make a run.”
The Pates started last weekend 1-1, losing to Parkland 71-62 in the opener of the Jeff Dailey Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame, but crushing Palisades 67-23 in the consolation game.
Caleb and Malek and 14 and 12 points respectively against the Trojans with Scrafano adding 13 points in the loss. Arnold also reached double digits in the game with 10 points.
Against Palisades, McTier led the way with 12 points and Arnold added 10.
Freedom hosted Allen on Tuesday night before hitting the road this weekend at East Stroudsburg South on Friday and Quakertown on Saturday.