Warriors to open SWC against Bay
By Zachary Dzurick
Published Dec. 1, 2004
used some hot outside shooting to build a first-half lead over
Lutheran West, but the Longhorns prevailed. (Photo by Larry
Warriors were supposed to be a lot less dangerous this year. Local
folk hero "Bub" Schuler and six other seniors graduated after taking
the school on its longest journey into the postseason in the school's
history. And despite the fact Lutheran West coach Phil Argento had
never defeated his neighborhood rival, many local pundits figured
the Longhorns would win by 20 to 30 points.
coach and Lutheran West graduate Eric Smith's club led, 37-30, at
the half. The Longhorns rallied to win, 70-64.
"I was pleased
with my team's intensity and effort but I am not into moral victories,"
Smith said. "In the locker room, they were very disappointed after
the game. They went into the game believing they would win and after
they believed they should have.
play as well as we can. We did a decent job of taking away their
advantages but we didn't handle the ball well enough and we had
too many unforced turnovers. We got better shots in the first half;
in the second half we got the same shots but we were not patient
cupboard was supposed to be bare and the Warriors gave the Longhorns
a real scare.
"We are still
a perimeter team and we will always be one," Smith said. "Yes we
had a lot of talent graduate but people forget that Mike Stanton
is a three-year starter. He deferred a lot in his role before but
what he did Friday night (17 points) he is capable of every night
and more. It is now his team."
several other talented players that no one else has heard of --
is a player but he was behind some talented kids last year," Smith
said. "Matt Kurz and Dan Schafer had solid years on JV last year.
Jimmy Kerrigan transferred from Lutheran West and he can shoot.
Kevin Fillinger averaged 18 points a game last year on the freshmen
team. And against Lutheran West, I can't say enough about what Matt
Faska did for us. He was injured at the end of the first half with
a cut over his eye that needed stitches. We tried to get him back
for the second half but it didn't work out. That changed the game.
Lutheran West is going to win a lot of games this year and we battled
them. I am sure we surprised some people but not the 12 guys in
the locker room or the coaching staff."
not surprised was Bay coach Scott Sharp.
we play Fairview it is a real tough game so I was not surprised
they played Lutheran West so tough," Sharp said.
it would appear that Bay is also in a rebuilding year. Sharp has
only two returning players from last year's team. Those two starters
are seniors Derek Riedel and Dan Howarth. Riedel was first-team
All-Conference last season. He averaged 17.5 points per game and
will be centered around Derek," Sharp said. "We will need to young
guys to step up. It may take a while; it is something that occurs
over the course of the season."
he is aware of Fairview's strength.
well from the outside," Sharp said. "We will have to try to defend
the 3-point shot. We don't have much height so we will have to box
out and rebound. It is our first game and you just try to win that
first game. Fairview has one under their belt. I am not looking
for anything big. We just need to play a solid game and try to come
out with a win."
his team will need to slow Riedel to win the game.
"He is a load,"
Smith said. "He has bulked up from football but he is very versatile.
He can play inside and out. We have to guard against that."
knows that you have to come with intensity for every SWC game.
"In our conference
it doesn't matter who you play," Smith said. "Our league doesn't
get the credit it deserves. Week in and week out, you just have
to look at the scores. We were up 10 against Lutheran West. Outside
of a two-minute span, Rocky River was there against Walsh Jesuit.
Westlake beat Keystone. North Olmsted beat Brecksville. If you don't
come to play in our conference, you will lose."