Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
ALL UP FOR
IT: Fallsburgs Charles Robinson
(24) has a hand on a rebound, beating out
Libertys Travis Emery (40) and Evan Mullen
(partially hidden, next to Robinson). Michael
Roycroft of Fallsburg (21) and Chris Sinceno of
Liberty (30) look on. Liberty handed Fallsburg
both of its league losses.
Team Wins Titles
By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY March 24, 2000 -- The Liberty Indians boys varsity
basketball team captured a couple of brass rings this
season, racking up a 203 record overall and the
Orange County League (OCL) National Conference and
Section IXClass C titles.
The Indians season ended against Pleasantville in
the opening round of the state tournament.
All our goals and expectations were met this
year, said Ed Riente, longtime Liberty coach.
We wanted to win the OCL and be in contention for
the Section IX championship. I thought we reached all the
goals I thought we could reach
Riente gave these assessments of his players:
*Chris Sinceno: led the team with 16.8 points per game;
also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Hes the guy we always placed on the
[oppositions] best offensive player
for him to shoot from the outside and penetrate to the
*Jonathan Tanous: averaged 14 points per game and 2.4
assists. Our all-around utility man...shot well in
a couple of games
in the [National Conference
championship] game against Cornwall, we might have been
out of it except that he scored 14 points in the first
half and 19 in the game.
*Evan Mullen: averaged 13 points per game and six
rebounds. Very athletic with his jump shooting
controlled most of the offensive boards,
and along with Travis Emery most of the defensive
*Travis Emery: averaged 10.1 points per game; and led his
team with nine rebounds and four blocks per game.
He was our intimidator on the inside
his opponents to take their shots outside their normal
sets because he was so big and such a good shot
he controlled it inside the paint
relied on him to get the rebounds so we could have a
quick transition and get our running game going.
*Mike Poje: averaged 4.4 points per game and led the
Indians with 5.9 assists per game. His greatest
asset was his tenacious defense and hustle
fight for any loose ball
he wasnt one of our
top scorers, but he was the guy we looked for to put
pressure on the ball, and the guy we depended upon to get
the ball into Sinceno and Emery.
According to Riente, the weakest part of Libertys
game this year was foul shooting.
As a team, we shot about 62-percent from the foul
line this year, he said.
What about next year?
Its looking promising, said Riente,
noting the Liberty hoopsters are moving up a class in
competition, from Class C to Class B as the enrollment
We have a good nucleus coming back, and I think our
bench this year was pretty solid with Chris Winters, Nick
Yaun (he didnt get as much playing time this
year as I would have liked, but I think hes going
to be a surprise next year) and Jose Valentine (he
came off the bench a couple of times this season and
scored double figures), said Riente.
Those three guys coming off the bench will be
starters next year, he added.
Riente said hes got his eye on a couple of up and
coming jayvee players including freshman Nick Christian.
The Indians will be losing seniors Sinceno and Mullen to
graduation. Returning for the 2000-2001 season are
starters Emery, Poje and Tanous, all juniors this year.