Martello sees positives in Gator basketball team

Baker boys basketball

Senior Richard Stroheker will bring his football player toughness to the basketball court for the Gators.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

BAKER — Graduation didn't hit the Baker School boys basketball team too hard. The only senior the Gators lost was post player Garrett Sanders, but there is still plenty of work for Coach Mike Martello to do.

The Gators also took a big hit when starting point guard Josh Hartzog transferred to Laurel Hill.

"Senior wise we only lost Garrett Sanders," Martello said. "He was a strong presence for us on the inside. We've got some strong bodies but nobody that has the experience he had so we've got a little growing up to do there.

Josh Hartzog was by far our best ball handler. He really gave us an aspect we lack this year in handling the ball when facing defensive  pressure."

One of the options to replace Hartzog at point guard is Justin Morgan, who is probably the best returning player on the team. Morgan would ideally play on the inside, but Martello may not have that option as the Gators will probably use a number of players at the guard positions.

"Morgan is probably going to have to come out and handle the ball because we don't have a true ball handler," Martello said. "It could be a combination of (Austin) Hicks, (Austin) Walters and Morgan up top. Or we could go with (Brooks) Taylor, Hicks and Morgan up top.

"It's just a matter of finding what personnel works best for us."

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