12/12/2011
Trojan Boys Basketball Capsule
Times Leader

NANTICOKE

Coach: Ken Bartuska

10-11 WVC record: 8-5, 4th Div. III; 9-14 overall
10-11 postseason: Lost 59-36 to West Scranton in D2-3A quarterfinals

State classification: 3A
Key players lost: Cody Bukowski, G; Cael Evans, F

Key players: Brian Bevan, 6-0, Sr.; Josh Decker, 6-3, Sr.; Brandon Kairo, 6-4, Sr.; Evan Reakes, 5-10, Sr.; Joey Yudichak, 5-10, Sr.; Kevin Zaykoski, 6-2, Sr.; Luke Casey, 6-5, So.; Tyler Myers, 5-7, So.
Outlook: Nanticoke has two huge holes to fill. Evans was one of the steadiest big men in the WVC in his four-year career and was the team’s leading scorer. Bukowski ran the offense.
There is some size to replace Evans, but only Kairo (5.8 ppg) logged any significant minutes last season. Replacing his scoring will also be difficult. Zaykoski (7.9 ppg) and Decker (6.3 ppg) might be able to pick up some of the slack, but Decker is trying to overcome some injury issues. Yudichak brings some experience to the point guard spot.
The Trojans will probably fall in the middle of the divisional pack, but could surprise in the second-half season.


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