The BFA-Fairfax boys’ basketball team will have a very different look to it when the 2016-17 regular season begins.
The Bullets graduated eight seniors from last year’s roster, including Evan McNall, David Legis and Binny Singh, which will they will have to fill the shoes for.
The team will be looking at three returning players to lead the squad this season. Senior point guard Nick Place, senior shooting guard Dylan Lumbra and junior guard/forward Caleb Aiosa-Perrin will lead the squad this season.
“Nick brings some great ballhandling, defense and he has evolved into the leader of the team,” said Paul LaFountain, who is entering his second year as head coach of the Bullets. “Dylan is as hardnosed as they come. He relies on toughness and hustle to make an impact on both ends and succeeds in doing so with regularity. Caleb is a returning starter who will do whatever it takes o win. He is an excellent teammate, a great defender and become much more aggressive on the offensive end and has been getting to the foul line through our first couple of scrimmages.”
With a couple of scrimmages already under their belt, LaFountain has liked what he has seen so far out of his squad.
With a good core of JV players coming up this season, he likes how the team has already started to come together.
“JV coach David Demar deserves a lot of credit,” said LaFountain. “He cultivated some great young talent at the JV level last year.”
LaFountain has been especially impressed with the teams ballhandling, basketball I.Q., hustle, shooting and defense so far throughout preseason.
The defense was the biggest part he stressed if the team will be successful this year, as they try and improve from last year’s 8-12 record and looking to go up the rankings from the No. 9 seed they earned last year before being topped by top-seed Windsor in the quarterfinals.
“We have to focus on defense, defensive rebounding and not turning the ball over offensively,” said LaFountain. “This is built around a defensive mentality that we will make our opponents take the toughest shot possible without giving up a second chance.
“I’m excited for a great year,” he added. “I have been impressed with the growth of the returning players as well as the eight new players coming up.”
The Bullets open up their season on Dec. 12 when they host Missisquoi.