Upper Perk's Zack Chatman provides blocking support for J.D. Ricapito as he takes a shot in Friday's scrimmage against visiting Christopher Dock.
Looking to rebound from a dismal 2010-11 basketball season that saw the Indians come out on top only once, new Head Coach Ed Lapinski and his squad are eager to hit the hardwood.
Though the team has been practicing and scrimmaging for a few weeks the Indians will get their first taste of real competition Friday night when they travel to Southern Leigh to play in the Southern Leigh Tip-Off Tournament. The Tribe will tip off at 8:00 pm. against Southern Leigh.
Lapinski will get one last look at his squad on Saturday before opening the PAC-10 season at home on Tuesday against Pottsgrove. The time and opponent for Saturday’s game won’t be known until the outcome of Fridays game is determined.
Last Friday the Indians scrimmaged Christopher Dock and when it was over Lapinski for the most part was pleased with what he has seen from his team in the early stages.
“I feel pretty good about where we’re at right now said Lapinski. We have a lot of things to work on but it’s slowly getting there. Once we get comfortable with each other things will start to come a bit easier. Some of the things that we struggle with will just start happening once we work out some of the kinks.”
Though the opening day line-up may not yet be set in stone the Indians have a few seasoned veterans to lead the way should times get tough out on the court.
Senior J.D. Ricapito is all but a lock to start at center for the Tribe. While another senior Chad Force who shares the team captain duties with Ricapito is expected to start at one of the forward spots. Junior Robbie Hinson will more than likely be the guy running the Indians offense as he should be the Tribes top ball handler from the guard position.
The remaining two spots could be up for grabs over the weekend and depending on how Lapinski decides to use his bench there is a good chance the Indians could start a pair of sophomores with Josh Wynder as the second forward and Chandler Junk in the back court alongside Hinson.
That line-up would give the Tribe some experience off the bench in seniors Dan Winters and Zack Chatman along with junior Stephen Bell.
However Lapinski decides to play it he will have a slight edge in the fact that the Indians will play their first three league games on their home floor as they face Pottsgrove, Phoenixville and John Paul ll before taking time off for the holiday break.
The team will take part in the Radnor Holiday Tournament on December 27 and 28 before having to play their first road game in PAC-10 action on Tuesday January 3 at Pottstown. Other than tournament play all weekday games tip-off at 7:30.