Boys’ basketball to compete in summer league

Lindsay Gorham, Staff Writer

Preparing for the upcoming season, the varsity boys’ basketball will participate in more than 20 exhibition games over the summer break.

“Summer camps are really beneficial: we learn a lot and get real game action,” returning senior Sam Lack said. “It gives everyone a chance to play, especially the younger players, and everyone can earn playing time and prove their worth.”

The team is entered in three camps over the summer all across the county. Every Wednesday in June, the boys’ basketball team will compete in a summer league at Cocoa Beach High School against teams such as Edgewood, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, and Space Coast. The team will also play in several scrimmages in a two-day event hosted by Rockledge High School starting on June 28. The boys’ basketball team is also competing in a tournament at Florida Institute of Technology from June 12 to June 14.

“We are going to play more than 20 games this summer,” Coach Tony Riopelle said. “After graduating seven, we have a completely new group and they are able to learn how to play together and can play on a competitive varsity level.”

The boys finished the 2012-2013 season with a record of 12-15 and according to Lack are hopeful for a more successful season next year.

“We’ll definitely improve,” Lack said. “Mediocrity is no longer acceptable, we’re turning a new page, and we’re going to be really talented next year.”