2016-17 West Branch Boys’ Basketball Preview

Coach Randy Montgomery begins his second season in Beloit.

West Branch Warriors High School Basketball

2016-17 West Branch Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Randy Montgomery, 2nd season (11-13)
2015-16 Record: 11-13 (4-10), 6th place in NBC

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 55.8
Scoring Defense: 58.1
Rebounding: 33.4
Field Goal Percentage: 42.2%
Three-Point Percentage: 30.3%
Free Throw Percentage: 61.0%

2015-16 Results
Poland 76 Warriors 47*
Warriors 94 Niles 86*
Warriors 71 Field 65
Warriors 82 Lincoln West 51
Canton South 61 Warriors 54
Alliance 73 Warriors 45
Marlington 82 Warriors 71
Warriors 63 Hubbard 45
Salem 60 Warriors 56
Warriors 44 Carrollton 32
Louisville 51 Warriors 31
Warriors 56 Columbiana 45
Warriors 64 Minerva 43
Canton South 63 Warriors 50
Alliance 79 Warriors 63
Marlington 63 Warriors 41
Steubenville 61 Warriors 52
Salem 56 Warriors 43
Warriors 45 Carrollton 41
Louisville 70 Warriors 41
Garfield 62 Warriors 44
Warriors 61 Minerva 47
Warriors 54 Southeast 31
Warriors 64 United 53
*-Post-Season

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Tyler DeShields – 12.0
Rebounding: Tyler DeShields – 9.3
Assists: Brett Butcher – 3.7
Field Goal Percentage: Tyler DeShields – 50.7%
Three-Point Percentage: Michael Boosz – 41.8%
Free Throw Percentage: Michael Boosz – 76.5%

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 3 – Lincoln West, 7:30
Dec. 6 – Field, 7:30
Dec. 16 – at Louisville, 7:30
Dec. 17 – Ravenna, 7:30
Dec. 20 – Akron North, 7:30
Dec. 23 – Carrollton, 7:30
Dec. 30 – Salem, 7:30
Jan. 6 – at Marlington, 7:30
Jan. 10 – Alliance, 7:30
Jan. 13 – at Canton South, 7:30
Jan. 17 – Columbiana, 7:30
Jan. 20 – Minerva, 7:30
Jan. 24 – Louisville, 7:30
Jan. 27 – at Carrollton, 7:30
Feb. 3 – at Salem, 7:30
Feb. 7 – Marlington, 7:30
Feb. 10 – at Alliance, 7:30
Feb. 14 – United, 7:30
Feb. 17 – Canton South, 7:30
Feb. 18 – Field, 7:30
Feb. 24 – at Garrettsville Garfield, 7:30

Key Returnees
The Warriors return a group which is led by upper classmen – seniors Blake Glista and Brett Butcher along with juniors T.J. DeShields and Michael Boosz. Glista shot 32.4% from three-point range (12-27) while averaging 1.8 points. Butcher led the team in assists (3.7) while scoring 9.1 points and shooting 74.7% from the free throw line. As a sophomore, DeShields averaged nearly a double-double (12.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg) while sinking 40.4% from long distance (21-52). Boosz may have scored 5.2 points but he was deadly from three-point range as he connected on 41.8% of his attempts (28-67). Guards Jeff Joseph (5’10/Soph) and Reese Leone (5’8/Fr) will be asked to contribute this year as well. Montgomery points out, “We expect to continue to develop our youth relying on our experience(d players) early. As the season progresses, we expect to become a better team with depth.”

Outlook
Coach Montgomery is excited about the season ahead. “Our team is becoming more comfortable with our style. We had a productive summer as we’ve developed as a unit. Our youth and experienced players are blending together as we strive to move to the next level.”

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