2015-16 Lisbon Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Lisbon Blue Devils’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Chris Huckshold, 7th season (75-66)
Record: 19-6 (12-2), 2nd place in ITCL Upper Tier
5-Year Winning Percentage: 58.8%
5-Year League Record: 39-31

Season in Review
Lisbon basketball has won 40 games in the past two seasons which is good for a winning percentage of 78.4% (40-11). Throughout this past season, the Blue Devils outscored their opponents by an average of 68 to 55 and enjoyed a ten-game win streak at the tail end of the campaign. The team was led by the scoring of Austin Retecki (17.4) and Josh Craig (14.2) while they both averaged above or close to ten rebounds per game. Rutecki finished with a 10.3 average while Craig tallied 8.2. Josh Liberati dished out 8.6 assists while scoring 12.6 points as well.

Lisbon advanced to the Salem District Semifinal before falling to Springfield – for a third time – 55-53.

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 68.3
Scoring Defense: 54.9
Field Goal Percentage: 46.4%
Three Point Percentage: 31.2%
Free Throw Percentage: 60.3%
Rebounds: 39.3
Turnovers: 11.7

Inter-Tri County League Basketball Champions
ITCL Upper Tier
2014-15: Springfield (14-0)
2013-14: Springfield (13-1)
2012-13: Springfield (14-0)
2011-12: Springfield (13-1)
2010-11: East Palestine (12-2)
2009-10: East Palestine (14-0)
2008-09: East Palestine (13-1)
2007-08: Columbiana (14-0)
2006-07: East Palestine (12-2)

ITCL Lower Tier
2014-15: McDonald & Lowellville (11-3)
2013-14: Wellsville (14-0)
2012-13: McDonald & Wellsville (12-2)
2011-12: Jackson-Milton & McDonald (10-4)
2010-11: McDonald (14-0)
2009-10: McDonald (14-0)
2008-09: McDonald (14-0)
2007-08: Wellsville (13-1)
2006-07: McDonald (14-0)

Key Losses
Jared Merriman (1.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Key Returnees
…The Blue Devils’ core returns with having Austin Rutecki, Avery Andric, Josh Craig and Josh Liberati all back for their final season. All four have played in all 75 of Lisbon’s games over the past three seasons. Rutecki, Andric and Liberati have started each of those games (Craig has started 52). Rutecki has scored 1088 points, hauled down 612 boards and made 101 three-point shots during his first three seasons. Andric has sunk 17 more three-pointers (118) as he’s scored 732 and snagged 298 boards. Liberati is on the verge of reaching the 500 club in three different categories. The team’s floor general has scored 751 for his career, dishing out 535 assists and currently has 388 rebounds – which puts him 112 caroms off the 500-500-500 pace. Josh Craig has started each game over the past two seasons. For his career he’s averaging 11.1 points (831) and 8.1 rebounds (604).

Senior Jared White, last year, scored 6.8 points and had 4 rebounds per game.

Avery Andric (6’2/Sr.)
Josh Craig (6’4/Sr.)
Josh Liberati (6’1/Sr.)
Trevor Reese (6’3/Sr.)
Austin Rutecki (6’4/Sr.)
Jared White (6’3/Sr.)

ITCL White Tier Outlook
Columbiana The Clippers have been making strides in their basketball program as of late. Columbiana suffered through a three-year stint where they won just 11 games and lost 54 (2010-13). Over the course of the last two seasons, they’ve tallied a 23-24 record overall and 14-14 in the league.

Leetonia Jeff Hammond took over the program in the off-season. He’ll look to Isaac Stecker and company to lead the Bears into the next era of Leetonia basketball.

Lisbon If fans got excited about seeing Lisbon roll up 40 wins over the last two seasons, many prognosticators all agree this could be the Blue Devils finest season in school history.

Southern Troy Holden will look to lead the Indians in Aaron Blatch’s first season at the helm. Last year, they finished with a 500 record (12-12, 7-7).

Wellsville Since the ITCL was formed in 2006, the Tigers had never finished with a losing record in league play. That was until last year when Wellsville came crashing down from their back-to-back Lower Tier titles to a team which finished 6-8.

2015-16 Schedule
Dec. 1 – South Range, 7:15
Dec. 4 – East Palestine, 7:15
Dec. 8 – at Western Reserve, 7:30
Dec. 12 – at Struthers, 7:30
Dec. 15 – Lowellville, 7:15
Dec. 18 – Springfield, 7:15
Dec. 22 – at Crestview, 7:30
Dec. 28 – Potter Holiday Classic, 6
Dec. 29 – Potter Holiday Classic, 6
Jan. 8 – Leetonia, 7:15
Jan. 12 – at Columbiana, 7:30
Jan. 15 – Southern, 7:15
Jan. 19 – at United, 7:30
Jan. 22 – Wellsville, 7:15
Jan. 26 – Mineral Ridge, 7:15
Feb. 2 – at Leetonia, 7:30
Feb. 5 – Columbiana, 7:15
Feb. 9 – McDonald, 7:15
Feb. 12 – Beaver Local, 7:15
Feb. 16 – at Southern, 7:30

New ITCL White Tier

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
…Under coach Huckshold, Lisbon has won at least one playoff game in five of his six seasons at the helm which includes the last two sectional championships (2014 & 2015).

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