Williams, Ginyard lead talented SJB

St. John the Baptist's Tavon Ginyard reacts as

St. John the Baptist's Tavon Ginyard reacts as the final seconds tick down on his team's 63-52 win over Canisius. (March 4, 2012) (Credit: James Escher )

Defending champion St. John the Baptist returns all five starters, and the Cougars' slow 2-2 start doesn't concern coach Andre Edwards a bit.

"I could not care less about the wins in the non-league schedule," Edwards said. "These games are going to make us better for when we start the league schedule. I want us to be able to adjust to any style that comes our way."

The Cougars have a lot of options on offense; they have the ability to play inside-out, play small ball and get points on the fast break. Junior center Kyle Williams has a solid post game and is a great rebounder. Sophomore point guard Tavon Ginyard can shoot the three very well and is leading the team in scoring to start the year. Senior Charlie Joyner joins Ginyard in the backcourt as Baptist will play a two-point guard system to give them the chance to play off the ball. Senior Vincent Abbondola is one of the best shooters on Long Island.

Kellenberg is off to a 4-0 start behind stellar play from senior Jeremy Arthur, who is averaging 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Arthur, a 6-3 swingman, is a good outside shooter who can also drive to the basket. Six-foot-10 senior center Bryan Gellineau is a clog in the middle, averaging almost 12 rebounds and three blocks so far. Senior Richard Ragusa and junior Ryan Durney will also be key contributors.

St. Mary's features 6-9 sophomore Jessie Govan, who has a well-rounded game and is the Gaels' primary scoring option. Govan can score from the post and has a great shooting touch and can knock down the 15-foot jumper. He is also getting better at altering shots on the defensive end. Junior small forward Steven Milhaven is a good shooter who can also rebound and score inside. Freshman Devonte Green is a scoring combo guard who sees the floor very well and gets his teammates involved.

St. Dominic is led by fourth-year varsity player Kieran Ryan, a 6-5 small forward who is a great shooter and has improved his ballhandling. Seniors Chris Hoffman and Jake Kiernan are both great shooters. Sophomores Malcolm Mathis and Dimitri Thompson are in the starting lineup and will see major minutes this year, along with junior Mark Flynn, who is a captain and a do-everything, high-energy player.

Chaminade will rely on its interior game, led by senior forwards Jon Patterson and Mike Walsh. Patterson, a lefty, is effective around the basket and is the team's primary scoring option. Walsh is the best passer on the team and helps facilitate the offense. Walsh is a stat-sheet stuffer who will contribute across the board for the Flyers. Senior swingman Brian Ehrhardt can shoot and get to the rim and senior shooting guard Liam Murphy is poised for a breakout year.

St. Anthony's is a young small team that relies on defense to lead to its offense. Junior guard/forward Nigel Carter is a good all-around player who can shoot the three and play in the post. Junior combo guard Anfernee Casimir is a good midrange shooter and an exceptional defender who can get steals and score in transition. Senior Jahwon Gordon adds experience and is the team's facilitator.

Holy Trinity is led by senior point guard Damon Coleman, who is averaging 20 points and six steals so far. Coleman spearheads the Titans' press defense. Senior Isaiah Rowe is a slasher who makes hustle plays. Senior forward Rich McEachern can guard all five positions. Sophomore Jimmy Golaszewski is a tough rebounder and a good shooter who adds a scoring punch.

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