Lima, OH – The Barons Men’s Basketball Team is looking to bounce back after a rough, injury riddled, 2012-13 campaign.
The Barons are returning last season’s 3rd leading scorer and top 3 point threat, Craig Manger. Manger twice scored 29 points last season. Also returning is Caleb Hodges, the team’s fourth leading scorer last year. In addition to those key returners is a large number of talented freshmen. The freshmen include point guard Austin Emrick (Lakota East H.S.), shooting guard Steven Sullender (Eaton H.S.), forward Derek Reece (Springfield H.S.), forward Heath Geyer (Botkins H.S.), center Trey Schroeder (Paulding H.S.), forward Mason Cajka (Perrysburg H.S.), guard Jerome Griffin (Otsego H.S.), point guard Thomas Nolte (Lima Shawnee H.S.), shooting guard Larry Fuqua III (R. Nelson Snider H.S.), and forward Jordan Barclay (Delphos Jefferson H.S.).
When asked about some strengths this year’s team has to elevate their level of success over years’ past. Coach Pittman replied, “As a whole, we have a very high basketball IQ and a lot of size.”
When asked about the team’s greatest needs, Pittman noted, “As with all freshmen, we need to play some games to get a full understanding of what we are up against. That is why we schedule the way we do, playing a difficulty schedule our first 4 games with Indiana Tech, Sinclair CC, and Rochester College twice, that will help us get prepared for ORCC play!”
We asked Coach Pittman about his schedule, and if there is one date that he and the team has circled. “I would say the date we are most looking forward to is November 24th, our first home conference game against MU Hamilton.”
Coach Pittman closed the interview with “I have high expectations for this year’s team. We are a hard working, talented unit with a drive to improve and reach some lofty goals. I think we have the ability to compete for a conference title and have a good over all record.”
The Barons started the season at home on November 1st with a tough loss to Indiana Tech, 52 – 79. Despite the loss, there were definitely moments that the young Barons showed improvements and potential for success this year!