Titans tower over opponents as favorites

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

On some levels, there are a few teams that do some things better than the Boylan Titans. There are some deeper teams. There may be some more talented back courts.

But while the Titans will be plenty deep and plenty good in the back court, there is one thing that other teams in the conference can’t match: front-court depth.

“We don’t have the tallest front line we’ve ever had,” Boylan Head Coach Steve Goers said. “What we do have is we have six guys who can play three positions who are all between 6 feet 4 inches and 6 feet 7 inches. We do have some nice size, and for the most part, they are pretty athletic.”

That front line will be led by Jason Painter and Armani Flannigan. Both are three-year varsity players and play well off one another.

Painter, who Goers said is bigger and stronger than last year, is a brute force in the post. His offensive rebounding is second to none, and he has an array of post moves to score.

In Flannigan, they have an inside-outside threat not many teams can match. Not only is the senior 6 feet 7 inches, but he is lightning quick, can jump out of the gym and has a good stroke from the outside.

Add in Dean Lowry, who is currently finishing up with the state-bound football team, and Ben Eckburg, and the Titans will not lack size.

The Titans also have plenty of back-court depth as well. Chris Miller is an all-conference returner, and Sam James will look to help at the two guard. But both players are also waiting to finish up with football.

While Goers said he is having a tough time practicing right now with half of his team missing while the football team plays on, he looks at it as an opportunity to grow his depth. Some players will have chances to play, and the football players will have to push to get their playing time back.

“It will be interesting when they do come out how they do,” he said. “The ones that step up to the plate quicker than others may have a leg up for the rest of the season. Right now, we have opportunity for kids who may not have had a chance to get into the regular rotation. Once you carpe diem, you might not let it go.”

When the full complement of players return, the Titans have the potential to be even deeper than they were a year ago, despite missing players like Michael Moorman, Nick Bauch, Austin Angel and Kieran Jansen.

Whenever the football players join the team, however, Goers said his team will have no problem competing from the opening tip.

“I’m pretty excited and ready to go,” Goers said. “Whether we have our full contingency or not, we’re going to go out and compete.”

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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