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PSAL 2013 basketball preview

By Andy Gross
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
John F. Kennedy Campus Knights 2013-2014 Boys’ Basketball team led by coach Johnny Mathis.

David A. Stein Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy 



oach Jason Zulauf is hoping for brighter days for his Tigers, who finished a disappointing 4-11 last year.  

Zulauf’s goals for this season are modest — he wants to make the playoffs and win a game.

Still, even that may prove difficult.

“We lost about 90 percent of our scoring and rebounding to graduation,” he said referring to Christophe Williams who averaged more than 25 points per game.  

Zulauf is impressed with six new players to the team. “I am pleasantly surprised with the new players on how fast they are grasping my offenses and defenses and we are looking forward to our first game on Dec. 2,” he said. 

The coach said he will depend on remaining veterans to lead his team on the hardwood.

Senior Deon Foster is the point guard and one of the team’s co-captains. The 5-feet-8-inch played in all 15 games last year and averaged 5 points and 3 assists. Zulauf called him “our coach on the court” and said his numbers will need to go up in order for the team to consistently win games.

Senior co-captain Aidan O’Brien, also about 5-feet-8-inches, is one of the team’s best shooters. He will play opposite Foster but can switch to the point if needed. Zulauf is counting on him to be a top scoring threat.

Steven Calvo, a 6-foot-2-inch sophomore played in all 15 games last year as a freshman and gained valubale experience during games last season, Zulauf said. 

Arnolj Kukaj, a 6-foot-5-inch sophomore center runs the floor very well, and has a nice mid-range jump shot, Zulauf said. “He is improving every practice with his post moves. I expect Arnolj to average double figures in points and rebounds this year.”


JFK Campus

Entering his 27th year at the helm of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) boys’ varsity basketball team Johnny Mathis said he is looking forward to this season.

“We potentially could be a good team,” Mathis said. We have a combination of size and good guards.”

The Knights, who went 14-3 last year and made the PSAL playoffs, have a full cupboard to make up for the loss of high-scoring Ahmed Muhammed.

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