Rising Warriors rely on balance

Rising Warriors rely on balance

By TOM ROBINSON, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE – With three starters returning to his Wyoming Area boys basketball team, Pete Moses determined two players to fill the remaining spots in the lineup.

Moses, however, also identified two more players he sees as potentially joining the starting lineup soon, adding to the options for one of District 2’s fastest-rising programs.

“I think our strength is that we share the ball,” Moses said during Wyoming Valley Conference Media Night Dec. 3. “Last year, I think we had like seven guys that averaged between 8 and 12 (points) and I think that is how the team is going to be balanced this year.”

Sam Greenfield, a two-time all-star forward, is back to lead the team in his senior year.

Guard/forward Kyre Zielinski and post player Matt Wright, two more seniors, also return to the starting lineup.

Seniors Aaron Zezza and Dylan Melberger earned backcourt spots with Zezza running the point.

Steve Yordy, a senior post player, adds to the veteran lineup while Dominic DeLuca, a sophomore who led the freshmen team a year ago, could represent the program’s future.

Yordy missed the start of the season with an injury from football season.

“Steve Yordy is our tallest kid and he jumps out of the gym,” Moses said, “so I’m going to find a way to try to get him in the lineup.”

DeLuca could be on the same path.

“He’s a guy in 2-3 years that we’re going to be talking about,” Moses said. “By the time we get into the (conference) season, he may be a kid in the starting lineup.”

Wyoming Area went 9-14, matching its win total from the previous five seasons combined, in 2015-16, its second under Moses. Last year’s team jumped up to 16-7, including 11-6 in the WVC, making the Warriors a contender in Division 2 until late in the season.

“There are still some teams that we have to get more competitive against,” Moses said.

During Media Night, Moses made a point to mention the offseason progress P.J. Angeli had made toward moving up from being a role player off the bench the past two seasons. Angeli suffered a serious knee injury minutes into football season. He won’t be able to play his senior season, but is still listed on the team’s roster.

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