Head Coach Bill Geelan and his expectations for the upcoming season.
The Emmetsburg Boy’s Basketball Team ended their 2018-2019 season with a record of 8-14. The squad led by Head Coach Bill Geelan will also be missing six of their seniors. What looks good this season, though, is the fact that in replacement of those six seniors, they will be returning a junior class dominated team which will be providing some needed experience for the next few years.
During the offseason, Coach Dunlap hosted a Summer League with Bishop-Garrigan, Algona, Lake Park, and North Union. They had also played in the NIACC Shootout this year in Mason City.
“We got to compete against some teams that we will face and won’t face. I was pretty excited about what we saw there and I saw some room for improvement”, Geelan said.
Tim Geelan and Zach Foxhoven will be two of the three seniors that saw floor time that will be coming back to the squad. Tim Geelan ended his year last year with a Field Goal Percentage of 41.9% which was 5th best on the squad. But, take into consideration that Geelan had made 229 attempts with 46 of which being from behind the 3-point line. Gerard Ruiz, another senior, was out for the entire season last year due to an injury during football. Coach Geelan says that he is “excited to have him back as another physical body”.
Dunlap went off last year with a 197 shooting attempts and finished with a 46.7 average. Opposing teams saw Dunlap’s talent and sent him to the line 114 times where he was able to make 68 free-throws; that is a 59.6% average. Dunlap surpassed Geelan’s points on the year by 15 when he ended with 276 and a 14.5 points per game average. When it came to rebounding, Dunlap was also stellar in grabbing a total of 156 rebounds—116 of those being defensively.
During their 22 game season, the E-Hawks lost a game by five points or less 5 times. One of the hardest losses by that spread was to the team to the North at Estherville-Lincoln-Central. Coach Geelan wants to keep the same structure from last year, but “hone in on the details”.
“If we can continue to do what we are doing defensively and have that same intensity, if not more so, I think we will be a lot better off”, Coach Geelan says.
With a solid veteran class and a coach getting into his sixth year with Emmetsburg, the E-Hawks will look to take their talents to the top this year and improve on their 0.571 2018 season. Regular season play is set to begin for them on December 3rd when they play host to Cherokee.
“In our conference there is some great talent, there is a lot of competition. I do feel we have some guys that are ready to compete at that level. I think we can definitely make a run at well over .500 and put ourselves in a good position for the postseason”, Geelan said.
Practice for the season is set to begin on November 18th.
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