2014-15 Springfield Boys’ Basketball Preview

2014-15 Springfield Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Eric Fender, 6th season (79-34)
2013-14 Record: 18-5 (13-1), ITCL Upper Tier
Finish in League: 1st Place in Upper Tier

2013-14 Team Stats
Scoring: 56.2
Rebounding: 30.6
Field Goal Percentage: 40.5%
Free Throw Percentage: 67.3%
Three-Point Percentage: 32.1%

Returning Leaders
Scoring: Graham Mincher, 14.4
Rebounding: Mark Schuler, 8.4
Assists: Hunter Snyder, 3.0
Steals: Graham Mincher, 2.2
Field Goal Percentage: Mark Schuler, 51.6% (98-190)
Free Throw Percentage: Graham Mincher, 81.5% (66-81)
Three-Point Percentage: Graham Mincher, 37.1% (23-62)

Roster
Brandon Chamberlain, Sr./F
Tyler McLaughlin, Sr./F
Jordan Peterson, Sr./G
Mark Schuler, Sr./F
Nate Simboli, Sr./F
Hunter Snyder, Sr./G
Neil Sofranec, Sr./G
Jordan Capoullez, Jr.G
Nino Esposito, Jr./G
Graham Mincher, Jr./G
Grant Nezbeth, Jr./F
Frank Centofanti, So./G
Jake Ford, So./G

Springfield Schedule
Dec. 5 – at LaBrae, 7 pm
Dec. 12 – at Lisbon, 7:30 pm
Dec. 16 – at Columbiana, 7:30 pm
Dec. 19 – East Palestine, 7:30 pm
Dec. 22 – Western Reserve, 7:30 pm
Jan. 2 – West Branch, 7:30 pm
Jan. 6 – South Range, 7:30 pm
Jan. 9 – at United, 7:30 pm
Jan. 13 – at Jackson-Milton, 7:30 pm
Jan. 16 – Crestview, 7:30 pm
Jan. 20 – at Mineral Ridge, 7:30 pm
Jan. 23 – Lisbon, 7:30 pm
Jan. 24 – Brookfield, 7:30 pm
Jan. 27 – Columbiana, 7:30 pm
Jan. 30 – at East Palestine, 7:30 pm
Feb. 3 – at South Range, 7:30 pm
Feb. 6 – United, 7:30 pm
Feb. 10 – Jackson-Milton, 7:30 pm
Feb. 13 – at Crestview, 7:30 pm
Feb. 17 – at McDonald, 7:30 pm
Feb. 20 – Girard, 7:30 pm
Feb. 27 – at Salem, 7:30 pm

In the past five years, Eric Fender has taken the Springfield program to heights fans haven’t seen in over a decade. The Tigers have won 11-or-more league contests in each of the last four years. Over the course of the past three seasons, Springfield has won 57 games – that figure is the most in a three-year span in school history since coach Jeff Brink’s teams recorded 63 between 2000 and 2003.

The Tigers enter the 2014-15 campaign with seven seniors and an experienced junior to help lead Springfield towards what they hope to be a fourth league championship in a row. The senior class is led by Mark Schuler (11.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg), Brandon Chamberlain (6.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Nate Simboli (4.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Hunter Snyder (3.5 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Ryan Kohler (2.4 ppg). Schuler posted almost the same average for scoring the year prior while he was a sophomore (11.3 ppg). Simboli was successful on 76.5% of his foul shots (13-17) while Snyder connected on 33.3% of his three-point shots (10-30) last winter. The team’s leading scorer was junior Graham Mincher, who averaged 14.4 points. Mincher led the Tigers in the scoring column in 15 of their 23 games. Number 21 shot 37.1% from beyond the arc (23-62) and finished as a 81.5% free throw shooter.

Springfield travels to LaBrae for their season opener on Friday, December 5.

Recent Statistical Leaders
Scoring
2013-14: Graham Mincher, 14.4
2012-13: Eoghan Bees, 14.4
2011-12: Ron Rogers, 17.6
2010-11: Ron Rogers, 12.0

Rebounding
2013-14: Mark Schuler, 8.4
2012-13: Mark Schuler, 9.8
2011-12: Nick Russell, 7.7
2010-11: Tim Norris, 6.5

Assists
2013-14: Hunter Snyder, 3.0
2012-13: Eoghan Bees, 3.9
2011-12: Nick Russell, 3.8
2010-11: Nick Russell, 2.8

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