Eagles look to rebound after lackluster season
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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