Coatesville, Henderson Are Favorites

Posted: January 09, 1995

After more than a month of nonleague contests, Ches-Mont League action is ready to begin.

Tomorrow, defending boys' champion Coatesville travels to West Chester East, and West Chester Henderson hosts Downingtown. While Coatesville and Henderson are favorites, anything can happen in Ches-Mont games.

"We're ready," Henderson coach Don Ficca said. "We're tired of all these nonleague games. It's hard to play 18 nonleague games and only six league games. It's hard to get up for all of them."

But there won't be any problems getting up for the six Ches-Mont games.

The Warriors have put together an 11-1 record and look like a threat to challenge the Red Raiders for the league title. Henderson has a strong inside game, led by high-scoring forward John Robinson, and a nice nine-man rotation.

"One of the the things I was concerned about was getting good play off the bench," Ficca said. "Four guys - Steve Fitch, Billy Washington, John Savisky and Chris Roulhac - have all done a good job."

The development of 6-foot-5 center Kevin Colistra has allowed the 6-4 Robinson to move from center to forward, and take advantage of his versatility and all-around skills.

"Kevin isn't putting up huge numbers," Ficca said. "He's getting about six or eight points and seven or eight rebounds a game, but he's taking a lot of pressure off John, and his size really helps our defense."

The only question mark is outside shooting.

"We haven't been shooting the ball that well," Ficca said. "But I'm more concerned about execution. We're moving the ball well, and when we get in some tight games, I think we'll shoot better."

The Warriors warmed up for their first Ches-Mont battle with an easy 71-40 win over Oxford Thursday, as Robinson scored 25 and Dennis added 15.


* Coatesville will be ready, willing and able to defend its title, and the Red Raiders have benefited from a difficult pre-season schedule that included many of the top teams in the district and from around the state.

But coach Ross Kershey is smart enough to sacrifice a game or two early if it means an extra win or two at the end of the season.

The 11-3 Red Raiders beat up on Conestoga, 72-62, on Saturday night, as Richard Hamilton exploded for 38 points and Andre Boggs added 18.

On Thursday, York's William Penn beat Coatesville, 61-52.

The Red Raiders have three very talented players in forward Cliff Williams, forward/guard Hamilton, and point guard Boggs. How far they go will be determined by the development of the team's other players, especially their big men.


* East looked strong as the Vikings beat Academy Park, 71-65, on Friday to improve to 9-5. Damon Stewart led the way with 21, and Jeff Melasecca and Brian Nelson had 15 apiece.

Under new coach Eric Anderson, a Coatesville grad who will be ready to take on his alma mater tomorrow, the Vikings have looked good at times, but are inconsistent, especially when their shooting is off.

East is playing a more up-tempo style, and the Vikings are still learning this new style of play. But their defense will be tenacious against the Red Raiders.

Downingtown will be well-rested when it takes on the Warriors. The Whippets' last game was a 53-47 win over Boyertown Wednesday that raised their record to 4-7.

The Whippets are inexpereinced but have a lot of size and some talented players. Downingtown can do some damage, especially when Brian Kressler is hitting his shots.

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