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Preseason Success Shows Promising Signs For Randolph Boys Basketball

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RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Boy’s Basketball team endured a disappointing finish to the 2014- 2015 season, ending up with a 7-17 record. Yet, it’s a new year and a new team, and the players, fans, and parents are looking forward to a more successful season this time around.

Senior captain Mike Sasso explained, “So far we are 4-0 in preseason scrimmages and everyone on the team has been contributing and playing at a high level. There is a new vibe in this new season upon us, and we are ready to go and prove wrong everyone who has doubted us.”

The Rams did lose a great group of seniors from last season, but this year, the junior and senior group stars impactful and leader type basketball players.

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It makes a coaches’ job easier when he has a senior class including players such as Andrew Sciancalepore, Mike Sasso, and Ben Kapinos, who have all made a positive impact to the program early on in their careers. 

For them, it is hard to believe that they have entered the final year playing for the Rams.  Scaincalepore commented, “It still doesn’t feel like that I’m at the top of the totem pole along with my friends. We all want to reach our goal this season and I think now that it’s senior year, the urgency has been put in front of us.”

Senior Julian Boykins returns as well, after leading the Rams in points, assists, and rebounds last season.  Senior Eric Schutte returns as well, and will be looked at to provide a spark off the bench as he did last season.

The goal for the Rams this season is very simple and can be listed in four points. First, to finish the year off with a winning record. Second, to win the conference. Third, win what would be Randolph’s first ever County Championship. Fourth, the team wants to make a great run in the state tournament to finish off their successful season.

The Rams also return a pair of underclassmen with starting experience and talent.  Junior Luke Nathan ( 6 ppg and 6 rpg ) will provide inside height and a strong rebounding presence, and Junior Chris Cheng ( 5 ppg ) is a player who provides coach Matt Tighe with versatility.

It will take more than one player to achieve each goal; however these can be attained with a solid and strong team effort throughout the year. The Rams can’t rely on their experienced seniors all the time during the course of the year, they will need impact from the young player too.

Two new young players to look out for this upcoming season are Ryan Maughn and Justin Polesuk. Kapinos said “They should have impact.” He added “We look great. There’s no other way to say it, we have great chemistry and know how to play with one another.”

With no superstars, the Rams will boast a solid, balanced lineup.  Coach Tighe will have the luxury of being able to use multiple subs, and will be able to go four to five deep on his bench without missing a beat.

No one can be more excited for the season to start than Mike Sasso, as he said about the upcoming season, “Out of all my years playing basketball at Randolph, this year is different. It has the potential to be very special. We are one big family.”

The Rams look to have a much better year than last year and it all starts Saturday December 19th when the Rams visit Bridgewater Raritan. The first home game for the Rams is on Monday December 21st when they take on knolls.

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