2018-19 Goshen Boys Basketball Preview
By Sean Lynch
Goshen Head Coach: Mike Tangney, sixth season
Goshen 2017-18 record: 7-14, lost in S9 Class A quarterfinal 71-57 to Red Hook
What Jordan shoes was Tangney wearing this time: Retro I Carmine
GOSHEN — Sneakers squeaked on the shiny court at Goshen High School on Friday evening.
Some kids were finding ways to attempt the most creative layups, while others were trying to dunk a basketball.
There wasn’t a frown in sight.
The best time of the year is finally here — basketball season.
Yesterday evening, the Goshen boys basketball team took on Nyack (Section 1) in a scrimmage at Goshen High School.
Goshen has an interesting team this year. They return seven players from last season (four starters), so they don’t have the growing pains that a high school team typically suffers.
The Gladiators have two seniors and two juniors who look to lead the team to their first ever Class A title this season, a year after a disappointing Class A quarterfinal loss to Red Hook:
Senior guard Zack Foley
Foley is without a doubt the leader of this Goshen team. He looks to build off of a stellar junior season where he averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game. “I spent a lot of time working on my skills in the off-season,” said Foley. “We’ve got a really good team this year, so I want to be the best I can be for my team and my teammates.” During the scrimmage, it was noticeable Foley was setting up his teammates more-so than ever before. If Zack finds his stroke, expect him to be one of Section 9’s top all-around guards this season.
Junior guard Matt Giordano
After having a breakout season as the Gladiators quarterback this past fall, Giordano looks to have a breakout season in his second sport — basketball. Might be the first time I’ve ever used this comparison, but he plays football like he plays basketball. A physical guard who’s not afraid of contact, Giordano grabbed several rebounds over Nyack’s center. He was the X-Factor for the football team, and could be the X-Factor for the basketball team as well.
Senior guard / forward Eric Romero
With his neon shoes and sweet stroke, it was hard to miss Romero last night. Romero’s value comes from beyond the arc. He’s nearly always square to the basket and has soft touch on his jumpshot. If Goshen needs a spark from beyond the arc, watch out for Romero.
Junior forward / center Aaron Wright
The first offensive possession for the Gladiators was an alley-oop attempt from Zack Foley to Aaron Wright. Expect a lot more of those this season. Wright, who was listed at 6’1” last season, looks to be about 6’3” right now. If he’s able to dunk consistently and score in the post, it will give Goshen some much-needed paint presence. “Aaron is someone who lots of people don’t know about, but they will soon,” said Goshen head coach Mike Tangney. “I don’t think he’s losing a jump-ball for us. He can jump through the ceiling, and I think the sky is the limit for him.”
Goshen also has some newcomers on the team who will play important roles. Junior-varsity standout guard Korey Hawkins will play lots of minutes in his first varsity season. Football players Kevin Rudolph, Jack Shannon, Jordan Weaver and Tom Colgan each join the varsity basketball team for the first time.