MONTVILLE, NJ - Coming off an up-and-down 2018-19 season, the Montville boys basketball team is looking to build off of its successes from that season.
Last year, Montville finished with a 12-11 record, but recovered from a 2-5 start with a seven-game stretch which saw it take six wins out of seven contests. It saw its season end with a 69-43 loss to Ramapo in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 state tournament.
Gone from that team are First Team All-Conference selection Matt Bettio, Second Team All-Conference pick Kurt Heim, as well as Honorable Mention All-Conference pick in Greg Nieskens. Those three accounted for the vast majority of Montville's offense last season.
Back to lead the way this season will be senior guard Mike Sesko, who tallied 94 points in 15 games last season. He'll be joined by several newcomers this season, which include guards in juniors Anthony Ferrere and Spencer Carus, as well as senior Colin Regan. In the front-court, look for seniors C.J. Arena, Jason Tan, James Gomez-Solis, Jimmy Montano, and Brendan McHale to lead the way. Junior Blaine Franc and freshman Joe Rehberg will also be counted on to contribute up front.
Overall, the team is looking to compete throughout the year, and will look to rely on its chemistry and quickness on the floor according to coach Bill Medina, who is entering his 10th year as coach.
"Our goal this year is to practice hard, compete and get better every day," Medina said. "Our strengths this year are going to be our team chemistry, our quickness, and our motivation to build on last year's success. There are no surprises in our league, we know we play in a tough conference and every night will be a battle."
The Mustangs compete in the NJAC-National Division, and opened up the 2019-20 season on Friday night hosting divisional opponent Morris Knolls. The division also includes the likes of Parsippany Hills, West Morris, Roxbury, Morris Hills and Mount Olive.
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