Bobcat boys return two lettermen (11-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:34
Returning letter winners for BG varsity boys are LaMonta Stone, left, and Mitchell Gardner. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
In his first season with the Bowling Green Bobcat boys basketball team, Mark Malinowski has his work cut out for him.
The Bobcats have two lettermen returning from last season's team which went 14-11.
''I'm actually pretty happy so far with what we've done,'' Malinowski said. ''When you are working with kids who work hard, and kids who have high basketball IQs, which they have shown so far, you can get things done pretty quickly.
''We're going to keep things simple. We're not putting too much on them right off the bat,'' Malinowski continued. ''Defensively, we're really working on protecting the paint. Offensively, so far we've shown the ability to shoot the basketball. We're going to play fast on offense, we're going to see if we can get opportunities in transition.''
Malinowski, who was hired in late August, replaced Gary Gardner. Gardner was named as Von Graffin's replacement, the Bobcats' head coach for the last 11 seasons, in July. But Gardner resigned in August.
Malinowski has been a basketball coach at Springfield Middle School for the last nine years. He also was the head boys basketball coach at Toledo Bowsher for five years and the head varsity baseball coach at Toledo Central Catholic for two years.
''The challenge started when I didn't have the guys in the summer,'' Malinowski said. ''What was nice was that they started the individual instruction this year. I used that individual instruction to pretty much get to know four players at a time ... and they got to know me a little bit. That was important for us to have the opportunity.''
The returning letter winners are juniors LaMonta´ Stone, 5-foot-7, and Mitchell Gardner, 6-2.
Stone has been a varsity starter for two years. He averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 assists per game last season, and was a second-team all-league pick.
''One thing I have been working with LaMonta´ on is becoming a better leader ... you really need your point-guard to be a coach of sorts on the floor,'' Malinowski said. ''So far he has been doing a really good job of leading by example ... It looks like he's responding.''
There are two seniors on the roster - Cam Carsey, 6-2, and Ricky Riggs, 5-9.
''They both have shown senior leadership,'' Malinowski said. ''They both are two of our stronger kids. When you're not very big, you have to have somebody having a little bit of a physical presence.''
Other juniors on the varsity are: Aaron Donaldson. 5-11; Trey Walker, 5-11; Jacob Leader, 5-11; Aidan Markey, 5-9; Jackson Stewart, 5-10; and Ryan Ludwig, 6-0. Trent Hinton, a 5-11 sophomore, rounds out the roster. Hinton saw some varsity playing time last season.
''I've been really happy so far this year with Jackson Stewart,'' Malinowski said. ''He's one of our more athletic kids. He finishes really well around the basket, but he's also shown the ability to knock down the three. He could be, right now, our biggest multiple threat, because he has been able to score inside and outside.
''And defensively, right now, if I had to put someone on the other teams best player, it would be Jackson Stewart.''
BG opens its season at Findlay on Dec. 3.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:12

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