GHS Boys Have Chemistry, Experience This Season
Gilroy – With a veteran group of seniors returning that have been playing basketball together since the fourth grade, Gilroy has experience and chemistry on its side.
In the probable starting lineup, the Mustangs will have three seniors, starting with last year’s leading scorer forward Ryan Chisolm who averaged nine points and four rebounds per game last season.
Though last year’s starting guards Calvin Kretz and Vincent Mitre graduated, two more seniors are ready to fill in those vacant spots. Jeremy Teschera (7 ppg last year) and Dominic Wilkins will make up the starting backcourt, with floor leader Wilkins bringing the ball up and tough defender Teschera playing the two guard.
Helping out 6-foot-5 Chisolm in the paint is 6-foot-8 Jason Conrad, a sophomore ready for his first year of the season. Though young, Conrad has already proven himself as a strong rebounder. He’ll cause fits for opponents that won’t be able to stack up size-wise.
At small forward, the ‘Stangs have Kameron Handy a hard-nosed, do-it-all player who averaged 7.6 points per game last season.
Also battling for playing time in the paint will be 6-foot-4 senior Chris Yates, a tough defender, and 6-foot-1 junior Destry Jones.
The ‘Stangs also have a number of quick and athletic bench players that could provide some speed at guard positions. Coaches call junior Frankie Tomasetti, who has a 38-inch vertical jump, the best athlete on the team while senior guard Christian Cania can provide more senior leadership off the bench.
The Mustangs, who were a No. 13 seed in the CCS Division I playoffs last year, won’t waste any time getting into tough competition this year. In non-league games, Gilroy will take on perennial powers Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Valley Christian (twice) and Oakland Tech.
In TCAL Paalma and Gilroy will be the teams to beat. Palma finished last-place in league last year but got a huge boost when 6-foot star forward Orlando Johnson transferred to the school this fall from North Salinas.