Sunday, February 10, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Daniel Boone bounces back from down year

Leading scorer Kenny Worthington and the Daniel Boone
boys basketball team rallied down the stretch to qualify
for the Berks Conference playoffs, but saw their season
come to an end Saturday in a loss to Wyomissing.
(File Photo by Tom Kelly III)
By Jeff Stover

Its season may be ending earlier than some may have hoped.
But it probably ran longer – and was marked by a higher level of success – than others may have figured.
The Daniel Boone boys basketball team made its first season under head coach Ian Gendreau a memorable one this winter. A largely underclassmen unit that had slipped to a 6-11 record as recently as two weeks ago, the Blazers proved resilient in their season’s stretch run, winning three of four league games to qualify for the Berks Conference’s eight-team playoff bracket.
Surprising? Maybe to some, but certainly not to Gendreau.
“This is where I thought we’d be,” said Gendreau, a longtime assistant to former Boone head coach John Butkus. “We had a few little dips along the way. We didn’t lack for talent or speed, but we didn’t have the consistency we needed.”
Still, the Blazers rose to the occasion with the Berks playoffs’ lineup still being formulated. Their 4-1 run in a 12-day span at the end — a non-league contest with Manheim Central in the mix ­— got them the sixth seed on the strength of a 5-5 league record and stronger power rating than Muhlenberg. 

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