Season in Review - Boys Basketball
Wolverines build upon youth and playing time, a good look to the future
The Wolverines outlook on the 2018-2019 season was based upon one word - youth. The use of three freshmen night in night out along with players coming off the bench periodically during the long stretch of the season allowed for youth to develop during the season, while also being competitive.
The Wolverines will use youthful experience alongside of Head Coach Steve Antuono and his staff to try and improve the success of the Wolverines basketball team in 3A Section 1 play, a section that has produced several WPIAL championships the past couple of years.
The Wolverines started their season with a filled first week, playing 4 games in 5 days. The Wolverines opened up with a young, talented Hopewell team from classification 4A. The Wolverines battled hard to start the season off with a win, but came up short 72-67. Game 2 on the season spotted the Wolverines back home, easily handling the Rochester Rams to pick up their first win 64-41. Two games in the books, the Wolverines averaged over 65 points to start the season and things looked good for the heart of the schedule.
After 2 games in 2 nights, the Wolverines were back at it for a third straight game. The Wolverines suffered a tough loss to an uprising and good Union team, 72-43. This loss was followed by 4 other losses that spotted the Wolverines with a 1-6 record heading into the Christmas Tournament at Mercer. The Wolverines matched up well against Moniteau to win the first game of the tournament to come back and play in the Championship game against lengthy Fort LeBouef. The Bisons had three players that were taller than 6-2 on their roster, easily out-sizing the Wolverines. However, this didn’t stop tournament MVP Steve Antuono and the Wolverines from pulling off one of their best games on the season, beating the Bison 63-48 to win the Mercer Tournament.
The Wolverines met the middle stretch of the season with a 4-6 record before heading back into conference play. The Wolverines went 2-3 during this stretch, giving some hope to the rest of the conference play with a 6-9 record. Unfortunately, the Wolverines were met by another rough stretch, losing the remaining 7 games on the schedule to finish the season 6-16 (2-10) on the season. The Wolverines finished 6th out of 7 teams in 3A Section 1, with the playoff teams being Lincoln Park who had lost their first conference game in several years, Aliquippa who finished with only 2 conference losses, Neshannock who sported a duo at the center position over 6-2 and 250 lbs, and Beaver Falls, the newcomer to 3A Section 1 play.
The Wolverines finished the season being outscored 1026 to 1408 (46.6-64.0). Although the season ended on a 7 game losing streak, the Wolverines did find ways to battle all season and worked on the development of players for the next couple of years.
Below are the season team stats and player stats and highlights from the 2018-2019 season.
Record: 6-16 (2-10) - 6th in 3A Section 1
Points Per Game For: 46.6
Points Per Game Against: 64.0
Points Against: 1408
Rebounds Per Game: 25.6
Assists Per Game: 12.1
Steals Per Game: 5.1
Blocks Per Game: 1.7
Turnovers Per Game: 17.4
Fouls Per Game: 14.5
Field Goal Percentage: 35%
2-Point Field Goal Percentage: 40%
3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 30%
Free Throws: 181 - 268 (68%)
Points: 253 - Steve Antuono
Points Per Game: 11.5 - Steve Antuono
Rebounds: 135 - Broc Boariu
Rebounds Per Game: 7.5 - Broc Boariu
Assists: 65 - Rick Pitrelli
Assists Per Game: 3.0 - Rick Pitrelli
Steals: 25 - Steve Antuono
Steals Per Game: 1.1 - Steve Antuono
Blocks: 13 - Broc Boariu
Blocks Per Game: 0.7 - Broc Boariu
3-Point Percentage: 48% - Rody Polojac
2-Point Percentage: 62% - Alexander Roth
Free Throw Percentage: 86% - Broc Boariu
Double-Doubles: 3 - Broc Boariu