2015-16 Brookfield Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Brookfield Warriors’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Bill Kovach, 4th season (50-21)
Record: 16-7 (9-3), 2nd in AAC Blue Division
5-Year Winning Percentage: 73.5%
5-Year League Record: 9-3*
*-Brookfield was a member of the All-American Conference from 2008-2010, then became an independent before rejoining the conference prior to the 2014-15 season.

Season in Review
Unfortunately for Brookfield, some view the season that was based off of their post-season success or failure. The 2014-15 Warriors posted 16 wins and earned a #3 seed in the Division III Warren District. In the Sectional Semifinal, they were ousted by Champion 64-62 in overtime to end their season.

In their first campaign back in the All-American Conference after a four year hiatus, the Warriors won more games last year in league play than they did in their previous two seasons in the division. Last year, Brookfield posted a 9-3 mark. During their first two seasons in the league (2008-09 & 2009-10), Brookfield was able to win just 7 of their 20 matchups (7-13).

All-American Conference Basketball Champions
Red Division
2014-15: Poland & Warren Harding (11-1)
2010-11: Howland (7-1)
2009-10: Canfield & Poland (7-1)
2008-09: Poland (7-1)

White Division
2014-15: Jefferson (10-0)
2010-11: Struthers (8-0)
2009-10: Struthers (8-0)
2008-09: Lakeview (7-1)

Blue Division
2014-15: Girard (10-2)
2010-11: LaBrae (8-0)
2009-10: Campbell (10-0)
2008-09: Campbell & Newton Falls (9-1)

AAC American Division
2013-14: Poland (11-1)
2012-13: Canfield & Poland (8-2)
2011-12: Struthers (9-1)

AAC National Division
2013-14: Campbell, Girard & LaBrae (8-2)
2012-13: LaBrae (10-0)
2011-12: LaBrae (10-0)

Key Losses
Derrick Dickson
Nate Johnson
Davon Sims
Matt Smoot
Seth Wallace

Key Returnees
Coach Bill Kovach says, “(We have) a youthful lineup returning from last year’s 16 (win) team. We’ll try to offset a lack of size with guard penetration and overall team shooting.”

Last year, Brian Hiner scored 10 points per game while Marc Kraml added 7 points.

Marc Kraml (5’11/Sr)
Will McDermott (6’1/Sr)
Moataz Rasoul (6’1/Sr)
Josh Summerfield (6’2/Sr)
Jake Cantrell (5’10/Jr)
Cory Croll (5’7/Jr)
Chad Fillipovich (5’11/Jr)
Brian Hiner (6’1/Jr)
Brad Fumerola (5’10/So)
Hayden O’Brien (5’11/So)
Dashawn Parker (6’2/So)
Abraham Rasoul (5’11/So)
Nathaniel Smoot (6’0/So)

AAC Blue Division Outlook
Brookfield The transition back to the All-American Conference didn’t hurt the Warriors last season. Brookfield finished with a 16-7 record (9-3) to post their sixth straight winning season.

Campbell The Red Devils went through a two-year stretch (2011-13) where they only won 10 games overall (10-34) and 4 in the league (4-16). Since then (2013-15), Campbell has been able to put together a 13-9 mark in the AAC and share of the National crown in 2013-14.

Champion The Golden Flashes have been unable to get on track over the last six years. During that stretch, they’ve lost 16 games or more each year and have won a total of 6 games in the AAC (6-54).

Girard Champions of the last two league titles, Girard has risen to a place where few thought they would be able to get to in such short time after the 2008-09 season (1-20). Over the last three years, the Indians have won 76.1% of their games (54-17) and have dominated the league to the tune of 26-6.

LaBrae After a four-year reign atop the league standings, LaBrae fell to a tie for third place (7-5) last year. The Vikings have not had a losing season in the AAC since the league was formed in 2008.

Liberty The Leopards have had just one winning season over the last four years (2013-14: 13-11). Liberty is hoping for a rebound this year after last season’s 5 win campaign (5-18).

Newton Falls Can you believe that Newton Falls, who’s averaged 17 wins in their last six seasons, has not won a league championship since 2008-09?

2015-16 Schedule
Dec. 4 – at Girard, 7
Dec. 8 – at Liberty, 7
Dec. 11 – Campbell, 7
Dec. 15 – Newton Falls, 7
Dec. 18 – at Cardinal Mooney, 7
Dec. 22 – Valley Christian, 7
Jan. 5 – Niles, 7
Jan. 8 – at LaBrae, 7
Jan. 15 – at Champion, 7
Jan. 19 – Girard, 7
Jan. 22 – Liberty, 7
Jan. 23 – at Conneaut, 7
Jan. 26 – at Campbell, 7
Jan. 29 – at Newton Falls, 7
Feb. 2 – at Valley Christian, 7
Feb. 5 – LaBrae, 7
Feb. 6 – at Bristol, 7
Feb. 9 – Pymatuning Valley, 7
Feb. 12 – at Hubbard, 7
Feb. 16 – Champion, 7
Feb. 19 – Cardinal Mooney, 7

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 1 (1976)
…In their last two trips to the playoffs, the Warriors have failed to reach the district round.

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