January 7, 2018

GOA Boys Basketball 2017-18 Season Preview

Jake Kroll ‘20

As the GOA boys basketball coaches and players have been preparing during the offseason, the 2017-18 basketball season is looking very promising. Just like every other season, both the players and their fellow students are very excited for what is in store for the Roadrunners’ current campaign.
With many returning seniors, including guards Alex Moskowitz, Aaron Perlstein, Elijah Tatel, Yoni Arieh and Matt Friedman, the team once again, has the potential to do very well. If Taitel and Pearlstein, who averaged 10.7 and 9.1 points per game last season, respectively,  continue scoring well, this team will be doing great. Taitel also is a phenomenal defender that averaged 1.6 steals per game.
Meanwhile, players like swingmen juniors Jamie Gutterman and Aaron Lavitsky and sophomores Ben Bargad and Ethan Landau are looking to see more minutes on the court this year and make an impact.
With the entire 2016-17 roster returning – except former center Ari Esrig, who graduated – the chemistry looks to be at a high point this season.
“Since we only lost one person,” Perlstein said, “the chemistry is going to be good.”
The Roadrunners are also boasting a few key additions to the roster, including sophomore guard Assaf Arieh and centers, senior Ethan Levy and sophomore Ethan Steinberg, who provide some much needed size and should tower over much of the competition at 6’6” and 6’3”, respectively.
“I’m glad to be a part of the varsity team,” Steinberg said. “I think I have something to prove this year.”
As for the coaching staff, GOA can still rely on coach Sandy Pyonin and Junior Varsity basketball coach, Mr. Kozar. The knowledge Pyonin and Kozar bring to their respective squads is invaluable and both know how to push their players.
“We have a very experienced and influential coaching staff,” Gutterman said.
Everybody – including the coaches – has high expectations for this team this season.
“I expect them to win and have fun,” Pyonin said.
After moving down a division when having a record of 6-13, this team is hungry for wins and looking to have a phenomenal season. According to Pearlstein, the outcome is already a foregone conclusion.

“We are winning this division.”

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