2015-16 Louisville Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Louisville Leopards’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Tom Siegfried, 9th season (90-86)
Record: 20-4 (14-0), 1st place in Northeastern Buckeye Conference
5-Year Winning Percentage: 50.4%
5-Year League Record: 39-31

Season in Review
The Leopards closed out the 2014-15 season with their first Northeastern Buckeye Conference championship since 2009-10 (13-1). Louisville’s program (7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, junior varsity and varsity) went 71-3 and won the league title at each level, a first in the NBC’s history. The Leopards opened the season with a 7-0 mark before falling twice in a row to Canton Central Catholic and Boardman. Then, Louisville ran off wins in twelve of their last thirteen to end the regular season with a 19-3 record. After defeating New Philadelphia (51-44) in the Copley Sectional Semifinal, the Leps were upset by Highland (71-67) in the next round.

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 66.2
Scoring Defense: 53.5

2014-15 Northeastern Buckeye Conference Standings
League Record
Louisville – 14-0
Canton South – 12-2
Alliance – 8-6
Marlington – 7-7
West Branch – 5-9
Salem – 4-10
Carrollton – 4-10
Minerva – 2-12

Recent League Champions
2014-15: Louisville (14-0)
2013-14: Alliance (14-0)
2012-13: Canton South (12-2)
2011-12: Alliance (14-0)
2010-11: Carrollton (14-0)
2009-10: Louisville (13-1)
2008-09: Minerva (13-1)
2007-08: Alliance, Marlington, & Northwest (11-3)

Key Losses
Joe Crank
Blake Hoover
Austin Shaheen

Key Returnees
Louisville’s quest for another 20-win season would be a first since the team went back-to-back in 1991-92 (21-3) & 1992-93 (23-2). Coach Tom Siegfried is closing in on the school record for coaching wins (90) as he trails Bill Eddins’ by 11 victories (101).

“We return three starters and eight letter winners from (last year’s) team,” states Siegfried. “We have seven seniors this year led by 6’7″ Ashland commit Drew Noble. Drew was a first-team All-NBC and special mention all-Ohio. Drew averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. The team will also feature guards Jacob Pukys, Jake Adams and Junior Chris Libertore.” The schedule won’t be easy as Siegfried points out, “We have a challenging non-conference schedule ahead of us with eight Division I games including St. Ignatius and Canton McKinley.”

Jake Adams (6’1/Sr)
Matt Eddins (5’8/Sr)
Jarrett Heater (6’5/Sr)
Jared Holland (5’10/Sr)
Drew Noble (6’7/Sr)
Jacob Pukys (6’0/Sr)
Brody Hahn (6’1/Jr)
Chris Libertore (6’3/Jr)
Cole Weston (5’10/Jr)
Derek Zeller (6’2/So)

Northeastern Buckeye Conference Outlook
Alliance The Aviators closed out last season with an 8-6 mark in the league. When you have had the success that Alliance has had lately (2 league title in the previous 3 years) – that’s a down year.

Canton South Canton South has put together a pair of 12-2 NBC seasons in the last three seasons. This is the same Wildcats who finished the 2009-10 season with just a single win overall (1-20).

Carrollton Since Carrollton finished the league schedule in 2010-11 with a perfect 14-0 record, the Warriors have only been able to post one winning season in the NBC (2011-12: 8-6).

Louisville Coach Tom Siegfried returns three starters from last year’s undefeated group in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference which includes 6’7 senior Drew Noble.

Marlington The poster child for consistent play in the league, the Dukes had won 31 of their prior 42 league games before last year. Marlington finished 7-7 in the NBC.

Minerva Connor Wright and company will look to give coach Shawn Green a lift in his second season.

Salem For anyone who hasn’t seen D.J. Pullie play – get to a gym near you. The Quakers, who finished 10-14 last year, appear to be a good pick for a bounce back year.

West Branch Former Hoover coach Randy Montgomery returns to the sidelines, this time he’ll attempt to lead the Warriors back to respectability with players such as Jeremy Gorby and Matt Heffinger leading the group.

2015-16 Schedule
Nov. 28 – Perry, 7:30
Dec. 4 – Salem, 7:30
Dec. 11 – at West Branch, 7:30
Dec. 15 – at Massillon, 7:30
Dec. 18 – Alliance, 7:30
Dec. 22 – at Marlington, 7:30
Jan. 2 – Green, 7:30
Jan. 8 – at Canton South, 7:30
Jan. 12 – Carrollton, 7:30
Jan. 15 – at Salem, 7:30
Jan. 16 – Boardman, 7:30
Jan. 19 – Minerva, 7:30
Jan. 22 – West Branch, 7:30
Jan. 26 – at Alliance, 7:30
Jan. 29 – Marlington, 7:30
Feb. 2 – at Minerva, 7:30
Feb. 5 – Canton South, 7:30
Feb. 9 – at Hoover, 7:30
Feb. 12 – at Carrollton, 7:30
Feb. 16 – Lake, 7:30

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
…The Leopards have dropped four of their last five playoff games (2012-15).

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