Ea­gles look to re­bound after lack­lus­ter sea­son

Cecil Whig - - & - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

The grad­u­a­tion of a pair of play­ers with post­sea­son ac­co­lades will leave the Bo­hemia Manor boys’ bas­ket­ball team with siz­able holes in its lineup when it takes to the court Tues­day against TriS­tate Chris­tian.

With the de­par­ture of 2016 All-County Player of the Year Justin Pritch­ett and 2016 hon­or­able men­tion re­cip­i­ent Qa­mar Muham­mad, Ea­gles long-time coach Sandy Grimes is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to this year than in re­cent sea­sons.

“It’s sort of fun start­ing over and hav­ing to teach. Last year, we were al­ready es­tab­lished, but it didn’t work out the way I wanted,” said Grimes, now en­ter­ing his eighth sea­son in Ch­e­sa­peake City. “We only have three kids who have played any var­sity bas­ket­ball last year. We have some work to do.

“I’ve en­joyed ev­ery prac­tice so far this year.”

Re­turn­ing se­nior for­ward Will Lor­man will an­chor the Bo Manor lineup, while ju­nior re­turn­ers Cameron Gar­cia and Seth Ed­wards will also pro­vide vet­eran ex­pe­ri­ence. Grimes will also look to stand­out trans­fer Johnny Knight, who will make his de­but on the Ea­gles bas­ket­ball court after earn­ing All-Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion foot­ball honors this past fall for Bo Manor as a quar­ter­back, re­ceiver and de­fen­sive back.

“He can do a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing,” Grimes said. “He can shoot the 3 a lit­tle bit, he can han­dle the ball a lit­tle bit, he can re­bound a lit­tle bit, he has good hops. He’s just ath­letic. I’ve been im­pressed with him.”

De­spite a tal­ented core, the Ea­gles (6-17) won only six games last year, in­clud­ing just three in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tion. They fin­ished the year by fall­ing to ri­val Per­ryville in the open­ing round of the play­offs.

“We set a goal to win a play­off game, which would put us far­ther than what we did last year,” Grimes said. “Of course, we’re hop­ing to get good enough to win 10 games and have a .500 sea­son. We’re re­al­isitc, we’re not say­ing we’re go­ing to go 20-2, but if this team can scratch out 10 wins, that would be a re­ally, re­ally suc­cess­ful sea­son in my mind.”

Grimes also hopes for bet­ter re­sults against lo­cal squads after fail­ing to win a game last sea­son against Ce­cil County op­po­nents.

“I want to get re­venge on all the teams,” Grimes said. “We want to beat ev­ery one of them.”

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