Martello likes potential of Gators

Baker boys basketball

Josh Hartzog directs the Baker offense in a game against Laurel Hill last season. Hartzog will return to start as the Baker basketball team’s point guard.

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Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM.

BAKER — Mike Martello has been through good and bad times as the Baker boys basketball coach. 

Now in the ninth year at his alma mater, Martello likes what he sees from this year’s version of the Gators, a team that is young at certain positions.

“I think we’ve got the potential and I’m optimistic about that,” he said. “We’ve just got to put it all together because we’ve got some kids that haven’t played a lot together on the varsity court. Putting on that game uniform is a whole different mentality.”

While the Gators will be young in spots, Baker also has veteran varsity players at several key positions to offset some players lost to graduation.

“We’ve got three returners from last year and one of those is our point guard, Josh Hartzog, and that’s always good to have some experience there,” Martello said. “Garrett (Sanders) is our post player and he was our post player last year. Justin Morgan saw some starts last year as well and he’s a returner.

“We lost probably our two biggest scorers in Danny Spicer and Dylan Dunford, so we’ve got some holes to fill on offense this year. We’ve got a couple of sophomores (Brooks Taylor and Austin Hicks) coming off our JV team who give us a little bit of outside shooting ability, I believe. Hopefully, they are going to come along faster than normal and fill in those two holes for us because that’s really where the two scorers did most of their damage from outside.”

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