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Cupboard’s not bare for Freeport boys basketball team

Last season was a great comeback for Freeport boys basketball coach Garrie Davies.

After a five-year absence, Davies returned and guided the Yellowjackets to the Section 1-AA title with a 12-0 record and a 15-3 overall mark. Freeport had a 14-game winning streak that ended with a loss to Washington in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

“The record was nice, but it was the quality of the people,” Davies said. “It was a group of people with character.”

Four starters — Alex Isenberg, Darius Frantz, Nick Gentile and Tyler Collins — have graduated, but Davies is forming a new group of quality people with character.

“We had a good turnout over the summer for our 6 a.m. workouts,” he said. “This group is dedicated, even though they play other sports. They’re like Renaissance men; they try different things and aren’t afraid to ask questions.”

Leading the way is last year’s lone returning starter, Jake Campbell, who has become one of the A-K Valley’s top multi-sport athletes. The point guard will be Shawn Liberto, who saw significant playing time last season with forward Don Pastoria.

Senior Derek Durand, who missed virtually all of last season with a football injury, could be a major contributor. Junior Sean Carson and senior Cody McClelland soon will return from football-related injuries to offer rebounding strength in a quest for the school’s 30th WPIAL appearance.

Alex Carson — Sean’s twin brother — join Tyler Singer, Ryan Dunn, Kevin Kepple and Brendan Lynch in the push for playing time.

“We want to get 10 or 11 kids in there and mix and match from the different elements they bring,” Davies said.

Freeport begins the season at the Knoch Tip-off Tournament on Dec. 10 against the host Knights. The Yellowjackets open defense of their section crown Dec. 17 at Springdale.


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