The Garden City varsity boys basketball team played hard throughout the year and suffered numerous close losses that could have gone either way at the end. However the Trojans fell victim more times than not in the fourth quarter as coach Larry Steimer tried to piece together a cohesive unit but couldn’t always come up with the combination to finish off their opponents.
The boys had strong backcourt play from guards Devin Dwyer, Spencer Bais, Matteo Lattanzio and Joe Leighton and swingmen Steven Bradley, Kyle Skramko and Matt Quesada. The Trojans lost guard Joey Capetola early in the season and only saw him get back on the court for the last game of the year.
A key for the boys was the tight switching defense that coach Steimer had them playing. Without a height advantage in most of their games the Trojans stayed in the games because of their ability to help set the pace and push their opponents each game from the backcourt.
In the front court it was top scorer Eddie Blatz leading the way with strong support from Dan Bonchonsky, Andrew Granville, Stefan Vasiljevic and Rob Wotczak. Although typically at a height disadvantage, Garden City was able to manufacture good scoring from its front court as Blatz and Bonchonsky were the teams leading scorers.
One of the top highlights for the boys this season was their closing night at home in which the seniors on the team were honored and presented plaques for their contributions to the team. Graduating seniors Dwyer, Quesada, Bradley, Capetola and Vasiljevic also presented flowers to their families before the game.