Democrat Photo by Frank Rizzo
FOR JOHN: Monticellos Scott
Coddington passes around James I.
ONeills Matt Ardovino (45) in a game
earlier this season. John DeGroat, at left,
awaits the pass.
Was a Better Season
Than I Expected'
By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLO March 31, 2000 -- A sub-.500 record does not make for a
subpar season, according to Monticello boys
basketball coach Dick ONeill.
We met our expectations, and did a little better
than I anticipated, ONeill said of the
Panthers, who lost four of the five starters from last
years Orange County League (OCL) National
Conference championship squad.
Monticello finished 55 in National Conference
Division I play this season, and 812 overall. Three
of the league losses were by three points or less.
Monticellos season ended in the opening round of
the Class B tournament as the Monties dropped a 59-57
overtime game to host Saugerties.
Afterward, Saugerties coach Steven Eggink was quoted in
the area daily as commenting of Monticello,
Thats the best 10th seed Ive ever
Class B was wide open, and Cornwall was playing the
best going in, ONeill said of the eventual
This season marked the emergence of 6-foot-5 soph center
John DeGroat, who filled the considerable shoes of
6'-7" Justin Dawson (20 ppg last year).
I knew John would be good, but not this soon,
said ONeill. With normal development
hell be as good as any player Ive had.
DeGroat developed a strong inside game, and led the
Panthers with 16.5 points and just a shade under 10
rebounds per game, along with 52 blocks and a field goal
percentage of 52.4 .
Senior Jason Campbell reprised his starting role from a
season before and a had a real good year,
according to ONeill.
Campbell was the second leading scorer (10.6 ppg) and
from his point guard spot led the offense with 68
ONeill thought senior forward Jermaine Harris
would not last the season, but he became very
committed and focused. He played four positions and
filled a lot of holes for us.
Harris was third on the team in scoring (7.6 ppg), second
in field goal percentage (46.5) and second in rebounding
(6.8 pg) and assists (2.4 pg).
Ed Motl was one of my more consistent
players, said ONeill.
The junior forward averaged 6.7 ppg and led the team by
making 24/33 from the foul line (72.7 percent).
ONeill said that senior guard Scott Coddington
was going to be my sixth man, but he got better and
better and forced me to start him.
Coddington led the Monties by making 9/23 from 3-point
range (39.1 percent) and his 51 assists were second on
Chris Robinson, a 5-9 soph forward, came off the bench to
shake things up. Though he averaged just 4.0 ppg,
Robinson came up big in mid-season wins over James I.
ONeill (12 points) and John S. Burke (11 points).
Hell be a star. He can really be spectacular
at times, ONeill said of Robinson, who can
stuff the ball. Chris can do a lot of things and
athletically, hes got all the skills.