By Frank Rizzo
April 3, 2001:
119 overall, 57 OCIAA Division IV
Guard James Paul
Guard Josh Lowitz
Center Durk Pearston
Forward Bill Gorman
Forward Kyle Humphrey
Beating Florida [55-49 on February 7] at home, said second-year coach Jason Semo. It broke a 0-6 run in the division and we made a statement by beating the [eventual] division champs
our record didnt indicate how good we were.
He added: Also, beating Pine Plains in the playoffs that was the first sectional win by this group. The main thing was how hard these guys worked, and never let down.
Nothing, according to Semo.
It was a year filled with pride for me. I hope to get as much from future teams as I got out of this one, said Semo.
The players voted James Paul a the teams MVP. James was a leader on the court. He sat maybe five minutes the entire year and took an [offensive] charge [from an opposing player] in almost every game, according to Semo.
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Lowitz, who picked up the slack. He improved a great deal and had a good work ethic, said Semo.
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Pearston. He made the big transition from football to basketball, Semo said of his pivot, a force around the paint. He had to pick up the slack on the boards.
Most Improved: Gorman. He surpassed every goal and expectation. He stepped up when least expected, said Semo.
Lowitz paced the Bears with 15 ppg, and his season-high of 32 against Chester. Pearston scored 11 ppg and snared 12 boards/game. His 22 rebounds against Rhinebeck were a school record. Humphrey averaged 11 ppg and tied a school record when he sank seven three-pointers against Fallsburg. He scored 59 in all from downtown.
I want to thank my [non-starting] seniors Alex Felder, Zach Serrano, Gary Buley, and Darren Rowen for contributing a lot off the bench and for their leadership in practices, said Semo.