Saturday, February 9, 2008

Friday night lights

Deep thoughts following the first night of the WPIAL basketball playoffs:

1. Sewickley Academy's Tom Droney is the best player I've seen this year, by far. The 6-5 sophomore guard is explosive, a great shooter, plays under control, can not be stopped getting to the basket and has incredible court vision.
He reminds me of Herb Pope, but a step faster.
His speed suprised Bentworth, which beat Sewickley in overtime.
"From what we saw of him on game tape, I had no idea he was that fast," Bentworth coach Bob Kennedy said.

2. Speaking of Bentworth, the Kennedy brothers (Jon and Joe) willed the Bearcats to a well-deserved victory. Both were dominant in completely different ways. Jon was a defensive menace while Joe made several clutch shots.

3. Too bad the varsity playing career of Burgettstown's Brenden Bongiorni had to end on a buzzer-beating loss to Bishop Canevin. Bongiorni was a four-year starter and played everything from point guard to center. A very underrated student-athlete.

4. Burgettstown's Ed Goetz, in my humble opinion, is one of the area's best coaches. After speaking with some athletic directors and others, I'm not the only one with the opinion. Here's hoping his Blue Devils start winning playoff games at the buzzer.

5. Next week, California versus Bentworth in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals. That's going to be a great game.

6. I did not realize that Avella had just two seniors on its girls roster. The Eagles were not in Vincentian Academy's league yesterday but, a year from now, they'll be much improved.

7. And I couldn't agree with veteran coach Jim Matalik more. If Avella becomes a good shooting team, it could make a deep playoff run in 2009.

8. According to Bob Kennedy, the Bentworth boys are healthy. The last time that happened, the Bearcats were the Observer-Reporter's No. 2 Class A team.


Anonymous said...

Why do coaches have to be measured by playoff wins. Getting the most
out of the talent available is the
mark of good coach. Ed goetz has always got the maximum out of his players. The loss of Sean Tunno made it tough to be beat a permiter oriented team like Canevin. Great job Ed Goetz.

Burg. Blue Devil said...

Tunno was a huge loss for the Blue Devils. If he is healthy, then they beat Canevin.

However, I think that Goetz made a mistake by not having Bielecki (6'3") on the floor to battle for those rebounds at the end of the game. Canevin had nobody over 6'3", but managed to out-hustle the Blue Devils for those rebounds. If the 6'3" Bielecki is on the floor instead of some of the shorter Blue Devils, he may have corralled those rebounds and the ending may have been different.

mike_kovak said...

Coaches will likely always be measured by playoff wins but in the world of high school sports, there are many more important factors.

As I have said before, Ed Goetz is one of the best coaches around. Any sport, any school.

Burg. Blue Devil said...

Yes, there are plenty of other factors that are simply not measured by wins and losses, both regular season wins and losses and playoff wins and losses.

Goetz has done a great job at Burgettstown. Hopefully, he will lead them again to the playoffs in 2009.