2016-17 Bristol Boys’ Basketball Preview

Bristol welcomes Lordstown for the opener on December 2.

Bristol Panthers High School Basketball - Bristolville, OH

2016-17 Bristol Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Craig Giesy, 6th season (93-26)
2015-16 Record: 23-3 (14-0), 1st place in NAC Stripes

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 69.6
Scoring Defense: 41.8
Rebounding: 30.0
Field Goal Percentage: 48.4%
Three-Point Percentage: 37.6%
Free Throw Percentage: 59.3%

2015-16 Results
Cornerstone Christian 68 Panthers 50*
Panthers 57 Warren JFK 52*
Panthers 73 Windham 58*
Panthers 81 Fairport Harding 36*
Panthers 55 Grand Valley 39
Panthers 66 Pymatuning Valley 33
Garrettsville Garfield 57 Panthers 45
Panthers 52 Brookfield 40
Panthers 104 Bloomfield 26
Panthers 48 Grand Valley 45
Panthers 72 Southington 52
Panthers 96 Windham 50
Panthers 67 Lordstown 44
Panthers 83 Badger 37
Panthers 70 Newbury 32
Panthers 69 Maplewood 35
Panthers 82 Heartland Christian 33
Panthers 82 Mathews 31
Panthers 94 Champion 81
Panthers 90 Bloomfield 24
Panthers 80 Southington 50
Panthers 62 Maplewood 48
South Range 57 Panthers 55
Panthers 66 Lordstown 34
Panthers 66 Newbury 27
Panthers 54 Valley Christian 18
*-Post-Season

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Tommy Donadio – 11.8
Assists: Phil Aliberti – 2.2
Field Goal Percentage: Phil Aliberti – 53.4%
Three-Point Percentage: Tommy Donadio – 41.7%
Free Throw Percentage: Bryan Gabrielson – 65.5%

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 2 – Lordstown, 7
Dec. 6 – at Maplewood, 7
Dec. 9 – at Newbury, 7
Dec. 10 – vs LaBrae, 7:30 (Hope Classic at Struthers)
Dec. 16 – Southington, 7
Dec. 20 – at Mathews, 7:30
Dec. 23 – at Brookfield, 7
Dec. 30 – at Windham, 7
Jan. 3 – Badger, 7:30
Jan. 6 – Bloomfield, 7
Jan. 7 – at Champion, 7
Jan. 10 – Pymatuning Valley, 7
Jan. 13 – at Lordstown, 7
Jan. 17 – Maplewood, 7
Jan. 20 – Newbury, 7
Jan. 24 – at Grand Valley, 7
Jan. 27 – at Southington, 7
Jan. 31 – Garrettsville Garfield, 7
Feb. 3 – at Bloomfield, 7
Feb. 10 – Windham, 7
Feb. 17 – TBA (NAC Crossover game)
Feb. 21 – Liberty, 7

Key Returnees
After losing 7 of their top 12 players from a season ago, the Panthers will rely on the leadership of Phil Aliberti and Stevie Burbach (2.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg). Aliberti, a 5’9 guard, averaged 7 points, 2.2 assists, 2.6 steals per game and compiled a field goal percentage of 53.4% (63-118). They’ll be joined by juniors guards Tommy Donadio (11.8 ppg), Landon Slusher (4.6 ppg), and Bryan Gabrielson (6.1 ppg). These three underclassmen have combined to play in 128 games as freshmen and sophomores. Donadio made 41.7% of his three-point attempts (58-139) last winter. Slusher connected on 36.5% from long distance (23-63). Gabrielson hit on 32.9% of three-pointers (22-67). Coach Craig Giesy says his team had a productive off-season, “We were able to travel around Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to compete against different levels of competition. We had a good turnout for our summer workouts and are looking forward to the start of the year.”

Outlook
Losing a large senior class including Alex Jones (17.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) is a difficult task for any team to replace. Coach Giesy has guided his program to five straight division championships. The future is bright with players such as Phil Aliberti and Stevie Burbach as thei Panthers’ senior leaders. “As a staff, (we) are eager to see which players are ready to step into theor roles and compete at the high level that is expected at Bristol,” states Giesy. “The season will depend on the leadership from our returning letter winners and how quickly our younger players can fill the open varsity roles in order for us to be successful.”

Stat Chat: Recent Panther Seasons
Scoring Leader
2015-16: Alex Jones – 17.2
2014-15: Alex Jones – 15.7
2013-14: Brandon Lee – 19.6
2012-13: Chad Oliver – 23.8
2011-12: Austin Rimer – 14.8
2010-11: Andy Holko – 17.1

Rebounding Leader
2015-16: Alex Jones – 8.5
2014-15: Jaime de Lope – 8.4
2013-14: Alex Jones – 5.6
2012-13: Chad Oliver – 11.0
2011-12: Chad Oliver – 7.6
2010-11: Andy Holko – 7.7

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