SYRACUSE, Neb. – The Syracuse High School boys basketball team is using the early part of the season to figure out what their identity is, what a good style of play will be with their personnel, who is stepping up to be the leaders and the roles of each player.
The Rockets are replacing their top two scorers from last season, Monty Roberts and Ethan Zastera. Roberts averaged 14.7 points per game, 4.7 assists and 3.6 steals. Zastera scored 12.9 points per game and grabbed 6.8 rebounds.
Plus, senior Trevor Brinkman is out the first half of the season with a torn ACL. He averaged eight points per game last year.
Head Coach Mark Hrabik, who begins his 26th year at Syracuse, thinks they can be a good team this winter if they play together.
“For us to be successful throughout the year we can’t be a one or two man show. We’re going to have to really get contributions from all of our starters and a couple guys off the bench. Just to fill-in if it’s just defensively or get a bucket or two.”
Hrabik will rely on senior Christian Frederick and juniors Ben Nannen, Will McCoy, Kobe Buller and Jackson Zastera to contribute to the team and offer an offensive punch.
Nannen was the team’s third leading scorer last season, averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.5 rebounds.
The Rockets open the 2017-2018 season on Friday at home vs. Falls City. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will air on B103 (103.1 FM and b103.fm).
Falls City (0-0) at Syracuse (0-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Syracuse High School
Radio: 103.1 FM and b103.fm