Rebuild, Do Well
By Ted Waddell
FALLSBURG March 24, 2000 -- The Fallsburg Comets boys varsity
basketball team finished up the 1999-2000 season with a
12-2 record in the OCL, and 12-8 overall.
The season was marked by the absence of last years
star hoopster, Rodney Rigg.
Overall, I thought I was going to be looking at a
season without Rodney, said coach Paul Marsden.
It was really a rebuilding year for us, a young
team with only Timmy Gilmore returning.
Fallsburg started off the season less than auspiciously,
as they dropped both games of the annual Sullivan County
CC Holiday Tournament (the Comets had won the
championship trophy the last seven of nine years), and
their first two season games.
After that, we had some questions about what to
do, said Marsden. Timmy Gilmore realized he
didnt have to do it all by himself, and the rest of
the kids picked it up.
According to Marsden, in his ninth season as varsity
coach, he thought he had more depth this year than in the
On any given night, I could run seven or eight guys
in, he said. The kids picked it up, and if
one kid wasnt playing well, the other guys stepped
During regular season play, the Comets only two
league losses were to Liberty.
Our loss to ONeill in the sectionals (66-47
in the Class C quarterfinal) was a little bit of a
disappointment, because we really wanted to go further at
that level, said Marsden. I think it was
unfortunate that we ran into our old nemesis at the
sectionals, because we really didnt get to where we
wanted to go.
Marsden said he considers beating Florida, the defending
Class D champs, twice this year highlights of the Comets
In our game against Florida at their house, we were
down by six, and came back to win, he said.
With fifteen seconds left, Charlie Robinson hit a
3-pointer to tie it up. Florida managed to sink one of
two foul shots to go ahead, but then we got the ball with
6.6-seconds left. Omar Valree dribbled the ball down,
passed off to Corey Buckner who then sent up a floater
from the lane just as the buzzer went off, and the ball
This year, it was the Season without Rodney Rigg, while the 2000-2001 season could be called
the Year without Timmy Gilmore, as the senior
will be graduating after three years of playing varsity
basketball at Fallsburg.
As a varsity hoopster, Gilmore racked up 904 career
points and 392 rebounds (14.1 average points per game,
and 6.1 rebounds per outing).
Along with Gilmore, the Comets will be losing Corey
Buckner, Mike Roycroft and Omar Valree to graduation.
Returning are Donald Frasier, Charles Hinton, Darren
Kenny, Steve Nickalados and Charles Robinson. Coming up
next year from jayvee are Jesse Hinton, Jon Hinton and
Brooks Whitaker. The Fallsburg JV squad finished their
Weve also got a couple of kids on the varsity
who had limited playing time this year, but hopefully
will get their acts together and come out strong next
season, said Marsden.
Im waiting for that 6'-10" kid to fall
into my lap to take the rebounds, and that shooting guard
to come up from New York City, he added jokingly.
While acknowledging Gilmores loss will be an
impact on next years season, Marsden said,
I think were going to be very competitive
next year. Liberty and ONeill are moving up to
Class B, so well see them in the league, but not
the sectionals, and I understand that Spackenkill, a big
powerhouse, will be moving down to Class C where we are.
So well see what happens.
Marsden assesses his athletes:
*Tim Gilmore (16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds per game): Picked
as Fallsburgs MVP and led the Comets in points per
game and rebounds. I cant find anybody who
had more heart and drive to win, and play the game
competitively than this kid, no matter what sport
youre talking about: basketball, soccer or
he gives you 200-percent
competitor and a good kid.
*Donald Frasier (7 points, 2.6 rebounds per game):
Came up from jayvee last year, so it took him a
little while to acclimatize to the difference in
did a very good job
started to take
very pleased with his development.
*Charles Hinton (6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds per game):
Missed the final six games after an injury. Charles
gave me everything I wanted...played good defense
hes not very big, but he can jump out of the
*Charlie Robinson (6.4 points, 7.6 rebounds per game):
Did a good job as center, but needs to get a little
had a nice shot and developed it through
expecting big things from him next
*Mike Roycroft (2.6 points, 4.4 rebounds per game):
Selected as the Comets Most Improved hoopster. Did a great job...didnt give me
much offense, but worked hard on defense
games, he really stepped up and got the rebounds, and
worked hard at boxing out.