Lions hope to be at best with league play starting

Lions hope to be at best with league play starting

By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com

With the start of the Lackawanna Trail boys basketball season disrupted by the football team’s trip to the state final, Christian Sunseri looked ahead a bit.

“Our focus is to be playing our best basketball for Division 4 games in January and February,” the Lions coach said.

The Lackawanna League schedule begins Wednesday, making it time to see whether the Lions, with five

returning starters available, have achieved that goal after originally postponing their season opener.

The Lions went 2-6 in December. They tied for fifth of seven teams in Division 4 last year with a 4-8 league record, placing fourth in the first half but slipping to sixth in the second half.

Senior power forward Zac Cost, senior small forward Zach Stec and junior point guard Josh Rzucidlo were full-time starters last season.

Nico Berrios, a 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard, and Junior Helbing, a 6-3 junior power forward, also made some starts last season.

Junior center Luke Walker, junior point guard Miguel Ella and sophomore shooting guard J.P. Gilroy are others who entered the season with some varsity experience.