By Frank Rizzo
March 30, 2001:
146 overall, 103 OCIAA Division III; lost to Cornwall 78-75 in Class B quarterfinal
Forward Richie Fello
Forward Chris Robinson
Center John DeGroat
Guard Rickie Villegas
Guard Phil Stewart
Our Kingston win, said coach Dick ONeill without hesitation. The Panthers shocked Kingston 69-62 on January 22 when the Tigers were considered the best team in Section IX. Also, the big win for my 300th [varsity coaching victory]. Not because it was my 300th but we played very well. The coach reached his milestone on February 13 with his teams 66-50 triumph over archrival James I. ONeill.
there was nothing to be disappointed about, said ONeill.
John DeGroat averaged 18.1 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 69 percent from the field. Point guard Rickie Villegas scored 14 points per game and dished out three assists per game. He also paced the panthers with 48 three-pointers, making 33.8 percent of his attempts. Chris Robinson contributed 10.3 ppg and about five rebounds per game.
ONeill said he does not choose an MVP. He named Villegas his most improved player, noting that he had become a consistent offensive force.