Glaxo Preview: Broughton vs. The Kiski School
Posted October 21, 2010
Broughton is once again playing host to the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, and after the Capitals didn't play in the tournament last season, head coach Jeff Ferrell will lead them back into the event this year.
There's no home court advantage for the Caps though. Their opponent, Saltsburg (Pa.) The Kiski School, is, quite literally, a tall task.
Kiski's front line consists of three giants - 7-foot-4 Sim Bhullar, 7-foot-3 Tanveer Bhullar, and 6-foot-10 Stefan Jankovic.
Sim, a junior, averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots per game last season, and his brother,Tanveer, a sophomore, averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blockd shots per game.
Jankovic is also a capable post player, but the Cougars will use him on the wing. Jakovic averaged 14 points and nine reobunds per game last season.
Daryn Freedman led the Cougars to a 16-4 overall record last season in his first year at the school. The team won the IPSL Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Independent School state tournament.
It's not just the front court that is big for Kiski though.
The shortest guard on the squad is 6-foot, and the Cougars have a 6-foot-9 junior and 6-foot-8 senior to add to the mix.
Broughton lost a lot of experience and talent last season, but the Caps are hopeful for a good showing this season.
Ferrell will lead a perimeter-oriented team into the tournament for a record 22nd time, and the program has won three tournament titles - the last coming in 1986.
Conor Strickland, son of N.C. State assistant basketball coach Pete Strickland, will lead this year's Caps team at the point guard position. Last season, Strickland averaged 4.2 points and 4.1 assists per game for Broughton.
6-foot-5 wing man Staats Battle will return this season as well as. Battle is a capable long-range shooter for the Caps.
Broughton was 17-11 last season and finished as a sectional finalist in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs.