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LIVINGSTON MANOR’S JOSH Mendez holds onto the basketball tightly while two Family School defenders Adam Streeter, left, and Bryan Dobbs close in on him during a Section IX Class D semifinal game last month at Sullivan County Community College. In the background are The Family School’s Joe Kettle (1) and Manor’s Rob Baker (34).

How Manor Made It

By Rob Potter
March 22, 2005 – Editor’s Note: Today we continue our look back at the recent scholastic basketball season.
Livingston Manor

Overall Record: 13-8

Division Record: 6-4 OCIAA Division VI

Top Players: The Wildcats’ leading scorer during the 2004-2005 season was senior forward Tim Bryant. He averaged 12.5 points per game.
Junior forwards Rob Baker and Mike Perry each scored an average of 9.5 points a contest. Perry was the team’s leading rebounder. He pulled down 10 rebounds per game.
Senior point guard Josh Mendez led the team in assists. He averaged seven assists per game.
Baker was the Wildcats’ best free throw shooter. He made 85 percent of his foul shots this past season.

Season Highlight: “It was nice to beat The Family School in the Class D semifinals at SCCC,” Coach Charlie Hicks said. “It was a very exciting game.”
Hicks noted that he would have “liked to have won 15 or 16 games this season.”
“All in all, it was a good season,” he commented. “We didn’t have quite as many victories as last season, but it was great to make it to the sectional championship game two years in a row.”

Season Lowlight: “Losing to Florida [S.S. Seward] three times,” Hicks said. “Our guys worked very hard to get a ‘W’ against Seward, but we just couldn’t get it done.”
Manor’s third loss to Seward occurred in the Section IX Class D championship game, which was played on February 28 at Sullivan County Community College. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats by a final score of 75-43 that afternoon.

Other: “Overall, we had a great season,” Hicks said. “This was a great group of kids. They hustled and competed hard in practices and games.”
Manor will lose six seniors to graduation. They are: Marvin Bonilla, Bryant, Dan Hinkley, Derek Irwin, Mendez and Alex Santiago.
“Losing those six seniors hurts, but we have four experienced juniors coming back,” said Hicks, referring to Baker, Ethan McCann, Perry and John Stanton. “We’ll pull up a couple of sophomores [from the junior varsity team] and maybe a freshman or two. But we’ll be alright next season.”

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