Monday, November 25, 2013
The Bishop England Battling Bishops hope to carry last season’s success in Region VI-2A into this year’s regular season when they tip off Wednesday in the Military Magnet Thanksgiving Tournament.
Fourth-year head coach Bryan Grevey returns plenty of talent to replace graduated All-Region guard Jacob Vecchiolla and starter Nick Theos.
Junior guard B.J. Grevey returns after last-season’s All-Region campaign of nearly 20 points per game. To make up for the graduated talent, Grevey figures to carry a similar or even larger load for the Bishops offense this season. Senior Reed Fosberry will likely run the point, hoping to carry over a successful season at quarterback for the Bishops’ football team onto the hardwood. Griffin Herbert returns as the Bishops’ leader in assists last season, and Taylor Howell is expected to be another contributor in the backcourt.
“Teams are going to have to pick their poison with our backcourt this season,” Coach Grevey said. “It’ll be hard to focus on one player because any one of them are capable of scoring the basketball at any time.
“B.J., having the year he had last season, has tried to assume a leadership role but I’m constantly preaching that our older statesmen seniors need to step up in that role as well. Reed had a very good summer handling that role. With him, B.J. and some of the other seniors we have back there, I don’t think we’ll have much of an issue with leadership.”
Senior Ben Carico will anchor the middle of the paint for the Bishops. Carico is a true post player and, at 6-foot-5, is the largest player on the Bishops’ roster. Grevey describes his center as a strong rebounder and says his improved offensive game should take pressure off of the Bishops’ outside shooters.
Dillon Corbett will help Carico on the boards as the Bishops’ leading returning rebounder. At 6-foot-3, Corbett is slightly undersized in the post but plays a hard-nosed game and is another Coach Grevey expects to have an impact season this year.
“Right now we have multiple guys who can play various spots on the floor,” he said. “And I think that’ll help us against teams. We’ve got guys who can score the basketball. I like to spread the floor and get up and down the court. If we can get out and go, we’re going.”
Defensively, the Bishops plan to be very multiple in their schemes. Grevey says he’s confident in his players’ ability to execute several different defensive schemes and thinks it’s an advantage they’ll have when teams try to prepare for them.
“It all starts on the defensive end for us,” he said. “We’re going to mix things up to be a multidimensional team and give other teams different looks . We have some very good defenders in our backcourt who can harass the ball and create turnovers. We want to incorporate a lot of that into what we do.”
Bishop England will be tested early as they open the season Wednesday against SCISA 3A power Pinewood Prep in the first round of the Military Magnet Thanksgiving Tournament. Grevey is hoping another tough non-region schedule will pay off toward the end of the season as the Bishops have their eyes on advancing past the first round of the playoffs.
“I couldn’t even tell you who we play our next game against because we’ve focused all of our attention on Pinewood,” Coach Grevey said. “We want to get out to a good start this season and accomplish the same goals we set every year. The ultimate is to be a state champion. Short of that, we want to win the region and advance in the playoffs. Our expectations never change.”