2016-17 Western Reserve Boys’ Basketball Preview

Western Reserve opens the season at Columbiana.

Western Reserve Blue Devils High School Basketball - Berlin Center, OH

2016-17 Western Reserve Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Patsy Daltorio, 4th season (34-37)
2015-16 Record: 8-15 (2-8), 5th place in ITCL Blue

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Revisiting ITCL History
League Championships: None
Total League Record: 52-84 (38.2%)
Winning Seasons in League Play: 2 (2006-07 & 2014-15)
Best League Record: 11-3 (2006-07)
Worst League Record: 1-13 (2010-11)
First-Team All-League Selections: 5 (2006-07: John Porterfield; 2008-09: Justin Lude; 2011-12: Thomas Benyo; 2014-15: Joe Falasca; 2015-16: Lance DeZee)

2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 57.9
Scoring Defense: 57.6
Rebounding: 35.5
Field Goal Percentage: 41.3%
Three-Point Percentage: 31%
Free Throw Percentage: 59%

2015-16 Results
Sebring 49 Blue Devils 46*
Rootstown 66 Blue Devils 59
Lowellville 47 Blue Devils 36
Blue Devils 65 Leetonia 50
McDonald 81 Blue Devils 65
Mineral Ridge 84 Blue Devils 81
Sebring 67 Blue Devils 61
Blue Devils 85 Crestview 53
Blue Devils 79 Jackson-Milton 31
Lowellville 42 Blue Devils 36
McDonald 92 Blue Devils 48
Mineral Ridge 63 Blue Devils 55
Springfield 69 Blue Devils 57
Blue Devils 77 United 64
Wellsville 47 Blue Devils 41
Blue Devils 46 Lordstown 29
Sebring 64 Blue Devils 62
Blue Devils 63 East Palestine 38
Blue Devils 69 Columbiana 53
Blue Devils 65 Jackson-Milton 23
Lisbon 80 Blue Devils 52
South Range 54 Blue Devils 29
Southern 70 Blue Devils 52
*-Post-Season

Returning Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Cody Hilles – 12.1
Rebounding: Jack Cappabianca – 8
Assists: Ryan Demsky – 4.5
Field Goal Percentage: Cody Hilles – 59%
Three-Point Percentage: Cole DeZee – 33.8%
Free Throw Percentage: Ryan Demsky – 66.7%

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 2 – at Columbiana, 7:30
Dec. 6 – at Southern, 7:30
Dec. 9 – South Range, 7:30
Dec. 13 – at Lisbon, 7:30
Dec. 16 – Jackson-Milton, 7:30
Dec. 20 – at East Palestine, 7:30
Dec. 27 – Wellsville, 7:30
Jan. 3 – United, 7:30
Jan. 6 – at Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Jan. 10 – at Springfield, 7:30
Jan. 13 – McDonald, 7:30
Jan. 20 – Lowellville, 7:30
Jan. 24 – Crestview, 7:30
Jan. 27 – at Jackson-Milton, 7:30
Jan. 31 – Leetonia, 7:30
Feb. 3 – Sebring, 7:30
Feb. 7 – at Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Feb. 10 – at McDonald, 7:30
Feb. 17 – at Lowellville, 7:30
Feb. 21 – Rootstown, 7:30

Key Returnees
Senior Cody Hilles (6’3/F) returns after averaging 12.1 points and 6 rebounds per game and was honored by being named to the 2nd-Team All-ITCL. Senior guard Wyatt Larimer is back in the fold after missing last season. Larimer scored 4.6 points in 2014-15 as a sophomore. Reserve has 7 juniors on the varsity roster which includes Jack Cappabianca (7.3 ppg, 8 rpg), Cole DeZee (6.1 ppg), Kade Hilles (7.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2 apg), Nic Corbett, Marcos Cruz, Dom Velasquez, and their point guard Ryan Demsky (6.3 ppg, 4.5 apg). A pair of sophomores Riley Miller (5’8/G) and Caleb Quinn (6’5/F) are expected to see the floor this season.

Outlook
The Blue Devils return 7 letter winners along with the addition of Larimer, who missed last year due to an injury. “We’ll have a lot of experience and depth at each position,” says Daltorio. “We’re looking forward to competing at a high level this season.” Reserve will rebound from their 8-win season after their 16-win campaign the previous year.

Stat Chat: Recent Blue Devil Seasons
Scoring Leader
2015-16: Lance DeZee – 12.2
2014-15: Joe Falasca – 17.9
2013-14: Nolan Snyder – 12.8

Rebounding Leader
2015-16: Jack Cappabianca – 8
2014-15: Joe Falasca – 10.6
2013-14: Nick Tobin – 6.6

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