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Indians Boys Basketball Face Rebuilding Season
2018-11-21

            After two previous appearances in the District One playoffs, the Upper Perkiomen boys basketball team is facing a rebuilding season. Despite losing several key seniors, the goal is to qualify for the third straight year.

            "There's a lot of uncertainty," head coach Jared Krupp said. 

Senior forward Broderick Case takes a shot as junior

Tyrese Reid plays defense against him in practice on

Tuesday night.

            According to the coach, several of the Indians key players understand the expectations and have the necessary confidence to accept the challenge.

            "We're looking for everyone on the roster to step up their game," said Krupp, whose team opens its season Dec. 7 against Upper Moreland. "If each guy does his job, we'll find some success."

            According to senior forward Brody Case, the team is still piecing things together.

            However, the senior forward expects the players to be ready to compete against any team in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            "We all need to work hard and be committed to playing together as a team," wrote Tyrese Reid, a junior guard, in a text.

            According to Krupp, Case can play either forward position and is an effective scoring from within five feet from the basket.  "If you get the ball to Brody in that location, he's going to find a way to get it to drop," the coach said. "He's extremely athletic, and he has a ton of potential."

            Hunter Flack, a sophomore, will start at point guard. Flack emerged as a leader during the summer league, according to Krupp.  "Hunter picks up things very quickly," the coach said.  "He's great at working the pick and roll and coming off screens."

            Krupp described Flack as a distributor and a scorer who can get into the paint and score on his own. In a text message, the player stated that he will benefit from a newfound strength and confidence he discovered playing football during the fall season.

            "It is definitely very hard losing so many seniors that played important roles on the team," Flack wrote in the message. "But we all have to step up and fill in those positions. I believe that this group we have now is capable of doing that."

            According to Krupp, the presence of two quality ball-handlers - Reid and senior Brett Miller - will allow Flack to see significant minutes at shooting guard.  With his impoved quickness and agility, Reid expects to be most effective on defense and running the fast break.

"This will be an interesting season to be a part of," he wrote. 

            Krupp identified Corey Jackon and Riley Decker, a pair of sophomores as key low post players. The coach described them as solid rebounders and excellent devensive players.

            "Both of those guys could be shot blockers," Krupp said. They could become shot blockers. We've got to find ways isolate them and create offensive opportunities for them."

            It's possible that the team - anchored by a solid sophomore class - could expand its rotation to utilize multiple lineups, according to Krupp.

            "There are no win expectations for this team," he said. "As long as we get better every day, things will fall into place."


 

 

 

 

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