Niagara Gazette


December 11, 2012

Jack's back for Niagara-Wheatfield


Niagara Gazette — "He's still getting in the flow and is a little unsure of himself right now, but he can really score once he gets his game going."

Coming off the bench will be senior forwards Zach Dubuc and Dan Miera, as well as guards Anthony Forcucci and Joe Ayers, a senior and a junior.

O'Bryan didn't use much of his bench in Friday's closely-contested game, but he said that won't be the case throughout the season.

"I'm hoping to go deeper than what we played the other night, but sometimes just have to go with your guys," he said. "I stuck with them the other night, but hopefully we can get a few more guys involved so they can spare Jack and the starters."

O'Bryan believes in slowing the game down and playing in the halfcourt. He's instilled that in his players since his time at North Tonawanda, but this year could be different. He said his roster allows him to play at whatever pace gives his team the best chance of winning.

"I've always been a half-court, man-to-man guy, because you only have to defend half the court instead of the whole court," O'Bryan said, "but this year we're going to have to do whatever we have to do. If we have to run, we really have to make sure we control the pace. We call it 'composed chaos.'

"Every team likes to get out and run, but we need to make sure we do it on our own terms."

The Falcons are 1-2 early in the season, with losses to tough Sweet Home and St. Mary's teams. They open NFL play Friday at Lockport.

Follow high school sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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