Recovering Gladiators set modest goal

December 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

First-year Glenelg boys basketball coach Klaude Krannebitter is stepping into a challenging situation.

Not only did the Gladiators graduate their four best players from last year's 16-8 squad, but their two best junior varsity players off a 5-15 team moved out of state.

"We hope to be a .500 team because we are lacking in some areas," Krannebitter said. "Our bench is thin and we have no depth at the post position."

Where the Gladiators will be strong is at guard.

Jeff Cline, a 6-foot-2 junior point guard, is a good outside shooter in addition to being a good ballhandler.

Kevin Curtin, a 6-0 senior guard, has three-point range and can go to the hoop strongly.

Newcomer Earl Frazier, a 5-10 junior guard, missed last season with a knee injury but shows great promise. He can score from outside or inside and is a quick jumper who should be one of the team's most exciting players.

Starting inside for Glenelg will be 6-3, 205-pound senior center Brian Meshkin and 6-3, 195-pound senior forward James McKenney.

Meshkin is a good rebounder and he communicates well on the court.

McKenney is a rugged rebounder who also can shoot outside.

Beyond those five starting players, Krannebitter will look for help from 5-7 senior reserve guard Steve Carroll who is quick.

Junior swing man Damian Miles (6-2) has a good shot and is the team's best finisher.

James Malonas, a 6-4 junior center or forward, is a left-hander who can shoot outside or drive.

Andrew Farina, a 6-0 junior forward, has a good inside jumper. Junior forward Pat Beddingfield (6-1) rebounds well and has a short-range jumper.

Junior guard Andrew Williamson (5-8) will help out with defense.

Tim Kelley, a 6-5 sophomore center, is inexperienced but can help.

And Brad Dockins, a first-year 6-0 senior forward, is strong and may help on the boards.

Krannebitter, Glenelg's junior varsity coach for the past seven years, had hoped for a better season until 6-4 Mike Faroane moved to Florida and Justin Dawson moved to New York.

He also lost 6-4 junior Dave Alexander, whose hand was burned in a fire last spring and who is recovering.

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