It has been a perfect season so far for the Quince Orchard boys’ basketball team as they enter 2017 undefeated. The Cougars have taken down their first eight opponents; most of these wins have been by a margin of more than 15, with three games resulting in 30-point victories. This dominating start has the QO team setting high expectations for the rest of the year.
Seniors Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly have so far led the way with their ability to score and anchor the team, averaging 13.4 and 16.6 points. Fierstein also adds an impressive 7.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists. Junior Daniel Dorsey has put together a nice eight-game spell as well, averaging 14 points. Teams are definitely struggling against the Cougars’ aggressive style of defense and rather deep bench. Opponents are averaging just under 20 turnovers a game, and an even more impressive sub-50 points per game average.
Returning 10 players has given the Cougars a new level of experience that has carried them straight through their first eight games. Fierstein attributes their success so far to their team chemistry. “We have had a lot of experience playing with each other,” he said. “This allows us to feed off each other and help set up a teammate because we tend to know where they will be.” This chemistry could not have come at a more perfect time. After graduating a true point guard in Damon Daniels last year, QO uses different lineups that have one to four players who can bring the ball up at any given time. This allows them to effectively use their high-tempo offense.
Reaching the Xfinity Center for the state semi-finals and championship is undoubtedly the goal for every team at the start of their season. But for this QO team, that dream started long ago. According to senior Mitch Czworka, high expectations started when the majority of this team began playing with each other more than six years ago. “The best part of our team is how close we are and how long we have known each other. We know how good we can be, and we know we can use this to make it past the regional championship,” he said.