2016-17 Kennedy Catholic Boys’ Basketball Preview

The Eagles will play against Butler in the season opener at Geneva College.

Kennedy Catholic Eagles High School Basketball

2016-17 Kennedy Catholic Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Rick Mancino
2015-16 Record: 28-2 (8-0), 1st place Region 1

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 76.5
Scoring Defense: 48.8
Rebounding: 32.0
Field Goal Percentage: 53.6%
Three-Point Percentage: 36.6%
Free Throw Percentage: 64.8%

2015-16 Results
Eagles 71 Math, Civics & Sciences 60*
Eagles 75 Sewickley Academy 61*
Eagles 58 North Catholic 53*
Eagles 65 Coudersport 26*
Eagles 75 Jeannette 42*
Eagles 73 Farrell 65*
Eagles 81 Rocky Grove 46*
Eagles 91 VisionQuest 54*
Eagles 96 Rocky Grove 71
Eagles 97 Jamestown 41
Eagles 62 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 57
Eagles 75 Farrell 69
Eagles 100 VisionQuest 55
Eagles 79 Commodore Perry 32
Eagles 107 Lincoln Park 85
Eagles 81 Rocky Grove 42
Eagles 62 Constitution 59
Eagles 79 Farrell 76
Eagles 70 Greenville 51
Eagles 91 VisionQuest 37
Eagles 84 Commodore Perry 37
Eagles 65 West Middlesex 29
Eagles 83 Sharpsville 23
Aliquippa 51 Eagles 37
Eagles 79 Sewickley Academy 63
Brunswick 47 Eagles 46
Eagles 71 Allerdice 63
Eagles 81 First Christian Academy 29
Eagles 101 Jamestown 26
Eagles 61 Mercer 13
*-Post Season

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Drew Magestro, 15.5
Rebounding: Maceo Austin, 3.7
Assists: Drew Magestro, 5.2
Field Goal Percentage: Mohamed Konate, 52.4%
Three-Point Percentage: Drew Magestro, 43.8%
Free Throw Percentage: Drew Magestro, 75.7%

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 9 – vs. Butler (at Geneva College)
Dec. 14 – at Lakeview
Dec. 16 – Maplewood
Dec. 17 – at North Allegheny
Dec. 20 – vs West Middlesex (West Virginia Tournament)
Dec. 29 – Morgantown (Morgantown Holiday Classic)
Dec. 30 – Paul VI, Virginia (Morgantown Holiday Classic)
Jan. 3 – at Youngsville
Jan. 6 – Warren Harding
Jan. 7 – vs. Sewickley Academy at New Castle
Jan. 13 – Jamestown
Jan. 14 – vs. Lincoln Park at Slippery Rock
Jan. 17 – Commodore Perry
Jan. 20 – Aliquippa
Jan. 21 – Constitution
Jan. 27 – at VisionQuest
Jan. 31 – at Jamestown
Feb. 3 – First Christian
Feb. 4 – Obama Academy
Feb. 10 – at Commodore Perry
Feb. 11 – Strong Vincent
Feb. 14 – VisionQuest

Key Returnees
The Golden Eagles return four of their top six scorers. Senior Drew Magestro returns after averaging 15.5 points and 5.2 assists while making 85 three-point shots (43.8%) and connecting on 51.1% of his shots from the field (162-317). Mohamed Konate and Channing Phillips are also back for their senior seasons. Konate scored 8.9 points while Phillips tallied a 6.2 average. Sophomore Maceo Austin, who has already gained offers from four Division I college programs (Akron, Duquense, Penn State & West Virginia), finished the year with 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Newcomers Manis Norman, Marcin Wiszomirski, and former Mathews Mustang Clay O’Dell all will be counted on to contribute right away. Coach Mancino will be counting on Thomas Gilmore, Ben Taylor and freshman Ike Herster to see plenty of playing time this coming season.

Outlook
This past March, Kennedy Catholic won their seventh state championship in school history by knocking off Mathematics, Civics & Sciences, 71-60. Coach Mancino, who was a member of Kennedy’s first state championship in 1985-86, captured his first title as a coach. The team featured players such as Jason Austin (15.6 ppg, 6.0 apg) and Sag Konate (15.5 ppg, 11.1 rpg), who is now playing for Bob Huggins at West Virginia, who will be difficult to replace. “Our expectations are we want to get better every day and hopefully put ourselves in a position to do what we did last year,” said Mancino. “(However) that’s way down the road and we are no where near that goal right now.”

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