Montabella boys basketball team improved, but wanted more wins

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:03 am on Monday, March 31, 2014

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger (22) splits through two Lakeview defenders during a game this season. — Daily News/Chip Burch

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s boys basketball team made some strides this season, but it didn’t get the wins it wanted.

“I would have loved to have won more games, but I thought it was a pretty positive season,” coach Gary Jankowsky said. “Our JV had a successful season and the varsity got better as a team so I thought it was pretty good.”

The varsity was 6-14 this season. Jankowsky cited one main reason as the cause for not having more wins.

“A big person in the middle,” he said. “When the tallest person is your guards at 6-foot, basketball is a game of length. If we would have had some taller kids we would have been pretty good.”

Jankowsky noted the accomplishments of a couple of players.

“Brennan Ball, who was a sophomore we brought up from the JV at the beginning of the season,” he said. “Brennan has a nose for the ball. When a shot went up he was the one getting offensive rebounds. It was a great learning experience this year.

“Pete Taylor was our sixth man and about halfway through the season he became a starter.”

Next season the Mustangs won’t get the big man Jankowsky wants barring an unforeseen transfer. But there is a plan in place to get better, he said.

“Some of the kids already want to get back in the gym but with the rules you can’t do that,” he said. “With the work we put in this summer and with what little success we had at the JV level, they know they have to do some work defensively and get better. We don’t have really tall kids but we have to learn to shoot the basketball, rebound and play defense. I think we should be about .500 next year.”

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