2013-14 High School Boys’ Basketball Season
Friday, January 31, 2014 at Fitch High School at 7:30 PM
Poland (12-2) at Fitch (11-1)
Last Three Meetings
Dec. 17, 2013 – Poland, 65-48
Jan. 25, 2013 – Poland, 40-32
Dec. 28, 2012 – Poland, 46-27
Last Meeting: Poland shot 54.8% (23-42) from the floor while holding Fitch to just 31.5% (17-54) to hand the Falcons their first (and only) loss of the year.
Poland enters their contest with Fitch, winners of their last eight games. During that stretch, only one team was able to score above 50 points (Struthers, 52) against the Bulldogs’ defense. In the Dawgs’ fourteen games, coach Ken Grisdale’s group has outscored the opposition by an average of 22 points.
The Bulldogs feature a strong senior class which includes Jake Wolfe, Steven Andrews and George Chammas. Wolfe leads the team in scoring (12.0) and rebounding (7.2) while making 30.8% of his three-point shots (12-39) this season. Andrews has been a prolific shooter from the floor, making 58.3% (21-36) of his field goals and 54.5% (6-11) from long distance. It seems like every year, we’ve become accustomed to seeing Chammas fill the stat sheet with workman-like numbers. This year is no different. Number 33 has averaged 4.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.
-Jake Wolfe is 8 steals away from reaching 100 for his career. He has also scored 725 points, grabbed 425 rebounds and dished out 126 assists. Jake will be playing in his 63rd game on the varsity level.
-In their last game against Hubbard, George Chammas registered his 100th assist of his career. George has now eclipsed the 200-point (246), 200-rebound (271) and 100-assist (100) plateau.
Fitch begins a stretch of five games in eight days with their showdown with Poland. The Falcons have already eclipsed last year’s win total of 10 by registering their 11th victory last Friday over Canfield (69-55). When Fitch has been able to score over 50 points, they are 10-0.
Senior Jessie Driver has been as good as advertised. Driver leads Fitch in scoring (16.8), rebounding (9.3), assists (6.8), steals (2.4), and free throw shooting (78.6%). Each of those figures are up from last year’s totals (13.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 63.8% FT). Jessie has a reliable cast of players led by Michael Butcher (10.3 ppg, 40.0% 3PT), Quincy Higgins (11.1 ppg, 72.7% FT), Alex Difrancesco (8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), and Anthony Pangio (6.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 57.1% FG).
-Jessie Driver needs 1 three-point basket to reach 60 for his career. Like Wolfe, Driver also is nearing elite company. Number 3 is 6 steals shy of 100. He currently has 655 points, 231 assists and 365 rebounds for his career at Fitch.
-Alex Difrancesco is 2 free throw makes from reaching 100 for his career.
Feb. 4 – at Boardman
Feb. 7 – Canfield
Feb. 11 – Streetsboro
Feb. 1 – at Niles
Feb. 4 – at Warren Harding
Feb. 7 – at Hubbard
Feb. 8 – Lake
Stats provided by Dan Schnurrenberger (Fitch) and Ken Grisdale (Poland)