Head Coach: Alex Lilac
2018-19 Record: 8-6 League 10-11 Overall
Key Returning Players: CJ Bassett (Sr.) Nick Santiago (Sr.) Matt Rowe (Jr.) Logan Reilly (Fr.)
Last season the group from Schaghticoke, more nights than not was a tough out for league opponents and will look to do more of the same in the 2019-20 campaign.
“We have a young group that has blended nicely together on and off the court thus far”, said Lilac, who will lean on a pair seniors in Bassett and Santiago to provide leadership for the Indians.
A year ago the Valley showed prowess at the defensive end and look for their ability to guard to be a cornerstone again for this year’s version of the Indians. “We have a gritty, defensive-minded team”, said Lilac, adding “We’re capable of beating anyone.”
He continued, “What our team needs to do to be successful is to get better each day and control what we can control.”
Regarding contenders for the league crown, Lilac named just one, the defending champion Panthers of Hoosick Falls.
Asked for the word or phrase he wants most associated with his squad, Lilac simply responded, “Toughness.”
For decades, going all the way back to packed houses, surrounding the small floor in the old Valley gym, opponents have known to bring their “A” game when facing the Indians or risk going home with a loss.
This season promises to be no different as visitors will find a tough minded Valley team with the ability to guard, ensuring once again, they’ll be no nights off on the hardwood in Schaghticoke.