Boys basketball: Foran Lions competing for playing time

Zach Tavitian and Brett Huber, a pair of juniors, will captain the Foran High boys basketball team that opens its season with a road game at Lyman Hall in Wallingford on Monday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.

“Last year a lot of guys, including Zach and Brett, gained valuable varsity experience,” head coach Tim Swaller said. “Should we be improved? I believe so. We are more balanced and are competing within the team for minutes, which is always good.”

Tavitian,  at 6-foot-4, is being counted on to provide impetus to the offense.

“Zach is a post guy,” said Swaller, who will be assisted by Joe Gill, James Richetelli and Doug Daniells. “He worked hard in the weight room and on the court in the offseason and has played very well in the preseason. Brett is a high energy player who can play guard or forward.

“Mike Sciuto is another junior, who was our point guard as a sophomore. Matt Krempa is shooting the ball well and J.T. Lanese has also done well in our scrimmages in the backcourt.

“Jordan Townsend is our only senior. We are counting on him to be a tandem with Zach and score some points. He can play guard or inside.

“Matt Cruz, a sophomore, is competing for minutes, as is Dan Tobin, a ninth grader who is an excellent athlete and gets the ball to the basket. He’ll definitely play at the jayvee level and can give us some minutes with the varsity.

“Andre Vella, a junior, is a very good rebounder. He’s big, strong and works extremely hard to do the little things to be successful.”

Foran, 4-16 a year ago, will compete in the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Hammonasset Division, along with Hillhouse-New Haven, Jonathan Law, Daniel Hand-Madison and Guilford.

“We know that Hillhouse is very solid and then there is a lot of balance between the other four schools in the division,” Swaller said. “Many games can go either way and we expect to be competitive.”

Foran’s home opener is with Wilbur Cross-New Haven on Wednesday, Dec. 23, in the Edna Fraser Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.