2016-17 Poland Boys’ Basketball Preview

The Bulldogs welcome Liberty in their season opener.

Poland Bulldogs High School Basketball - Poland, OH

2016-17 Poland Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Ken Grisdale, 24th season (410-135)
2015-16 Record: 20-5 (10-4), T-2nd in AAC Red

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 66.9
Scoring Defense: 51.7
Rebounding: 33.4
Field Goal Percentage: 45.3%
Three-Point Percentage: 34.8%
Free Throw Percentage: 70.1%

2015-16 Results
Ursuline 73 Bulldogs 61*
Bulldogs 61 Salem 55*
Bulldogs 76 West Branch 47*
Bulldogs 85 Struthers 48
Bulldogs 95 Jefferson 55
Bulldogs 53 Canfield 51
Bulldogs 75 Lakeview 30
Harding 73 Bulldogs 58
Bulldogs 75 Boardman 67
Canfield 44 Bulldogs 41
Fitch 53 Bulldogs 41
Bulldogs 70 Howland 53
Bulldogs 85 East 64
Bulldogs 72 Lakeside 48
Bulldogs 59 Boardman 49
Bulldogs 77 Edgewood 46
Harding 62 Bulldogs 59
Bulldogs 78 Campbell 35
Bulldogs 54 Fitch 52
Bulldogs 58 Hubbard 52
Bulldogs 72 Girard 44
Bulldogs 50 West Middlesex 43
Bulldogs 62 Howland 48
Bulldogs 74 East 47
Bulldogs 81 Lakeside 54
*-Post-Season

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Kyle Patterson – 4.0
Rebounding: Braeden O’Shaughnessy – 1.7
Assists: Braeden O’Shaughnessy – 0.8
Field Goal Percentage: Trent Lutz – 54.5%
Three-Point Percentage: Kyle Patterson – 50.0%
Free Throw Percentage: Braeden O’Shaughnessy – 73.3%

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 2 – Liberty, 7
Dec. 6 – at Warren Harding, 7
Dec. 9 – at LaBrae, 7
Dec. 10 – vs. Boardman (United Way), 6
Dec. 13 – Niles, 7
Dec. 16 – Lakeview, 7
Dec. 20 – at Jefferson, 7
Dec. 23 – Canfield, 7
Dec. 30 – at Struthers, 7
Jan. 3 – Hubbard, 7
Jan. 6 – at Edgewood, 7
Jan. 10 – at Fitch, 7
Jan. 13 – Lakeside, 7
Jan. 20 – at Girard, 7
Jan. 24 – at Niles, 7
Jan. 27 – at Lakeview, 7
Jan. 31 – Jefferson, 7
Feb. 3 – Struthers, 7
Feb. 7 – at Hubbard, 7
Feb. 10 – Edgewood, 7
Feb. 14 – Campbell Memorial, 7
Feb. 17 – at Canfield, 7

Key Returnees
The Bulldogs lost 93.4% of their scoring from last season which included the departure of Jared Burkert (16.6 ppg), Matt Baker (13.8 ppg), Nick Buccieri (10.3 ppg), Mike Gajdos (9.6 ppg) and Jacob Burns (9.1 ppg). Sophomore Braeden O’Shaughnessy saw action in 23 games a year ago. Number 20 averaged 3.3 points while shooting 33.3% from long distance (8-24) and 73.3% from the charity stripe (11-15). Senior Kyle Patterson scored 4 points per game in 19 contests. Patterson shot 50.0% from three-point land (19-38) and didn’t miss once at the free throw line (9-9).

Outlook
Last year saw Poland’s three-year run as All-American Conference champions come to an end; however, the Bulldogs have managed to finish first in their league in six of the last nine seasons. Go a step further and you’ll notice that Poland has not finished lower than 2nd in the final league standings in the last ten years. During that span, the Bulldogs have registered a 93-17 mark in conference matchups (84.5%) – last 8 years have been in the All-American Conference (AAC), previous two were in the Metro Athletic Conference (MAC).

Oh by the way, the Bulldogs are seeking their fifth straight 20-win season.

Stat Chat: Recent Bulldog Statistical Leaders
Scoring Leader
2015-16: Jared Burkert – 16.6
2014-15: Jared Burkert – 12.9
2013-14: Jake Wolfe – 12.2
2012-13: Jake Wolfe – 14.6
2011-12: Colin Reardon – 22.1
2010-11: Colin Reardon – 22.3

Rebounding Leader
2015-16: Matt Baker – 7.5
2014-15: Kyle Dixon & Tate Duarte – 5.4
2013-14: Jake Wolfe – 8.3
2012-13: Jake Wolfe – 8.1
2011-12: Colin Reardon – 9.3
2010-11: Colin Reardon – 11.0

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