Falcons will have a different style
With two of the Colonial League’s best big men, Salisbury’s inside game was dominant at times last year.
But with graduating much of that talent, this season’s squad will feature a drastically different style of play.
Forwards Jaxson Costello (a Colonial League First Team all-star) and Ryan Slutsky (honorable mention selection) headline a group of six graduates from last year’s team that went 20-8 and qualified for the PIAA tournament.
Blake Jones, Eric Frankenfield, Collin Trainer and Dan Snyder are also gone and this year’s Falcons will hit the court with a new style.
“Last year we were a team that tried to get the ball inside to Costello and Slutsky,” Weaver said. “This year we will be much more perimeter oriented. We also will try to change it up on defense a bit more as well. I also think that our depth will be an asset this year.”
Costello was a double-double machine in the paint, dominating the glass and low post area on a nightly basis. Slutsky, meanwhile, possessed a 3-point threat to go along with his inside game.
This year’s team, without those two, will need to rely on its shooting and ability to run the court in transition. The leader is senior guard Jack Reichenbach, who is nearing the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Reichenbach will have some help in the backcourt. Sean Snyder returns after starting at point guard in 2017 and has another year of varsity experience under his belt. Those two will lead a pack of young Falcons who will look to take advantage of their shooting against Colonial League foes.
“We need to rebound the basketball,” said Weaver. “We are small and if we don’t box out we will be in trouble. We also need to play as a team and realize that there a number of guys that hit shots for us. When we share the ball and play defense, we will be at our best.”
Tommy Sylvester, Bobby Kulp, Oliver Stewart and John Blackledge also will figure to play key roles as returnees from last season.
Kahleel Foster, Colten Hagadus and Patrick Foley are newcomers that Weaver anticipates could have an impact as well this winter.
“Our greatest strength is our ability to shoot the ball,” Weaver said. “We also are very athletic and can pressure people.”
As always, Weaver’s goal is for this team to return to familiar territory in the upcoming months. It will be a new group, but the possibility at a return trip to leagues, districts and even states is very possible.
“Our goal, as it is every season, is to qualify for the Colonial League playoffs and the district playoffs,” Weaver said.