With another basketball season starting up in Syosset, the Braves will be looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
For the Braves to get back to the playoffs they are going to need senior guard Nick Albernas to provide Syosset with the offensive production he is more than capable of producing.
Albernas, who arguably is the team’s best shooter, is ready to play a bigger role in Syosset Head Coach Bobby Kopp’s offense.
“Last year I really didn’t play much,” Albernas said. “I feel that with a year on the varsity level under my belt I can really contribute to the team this upcoming season.”
Albernas hopes that his teammates can find him open looks so he can show off his impressive jump shot.
“Our players on our team do a really good job at finding the open man,” Albernas said. “I trust them to be able to give me an opportunity to hit some shots.”
When asked about Albernas, Kopp said he expects Albernas to be able to knock down some shots in his offense.
“Nick is obviously a very good shooter,” Kopp said. “We are going to need him to shoot the ball well to help us be successful.”
Senior guard Jake Canner is excited for what he thinks Albernas can bring to the team.
“Nick is going to be a huge asset to the team,” Canner said. “He can really stretch the floor. He has great shooting ability and if he is open he is going to knock down that shot every time.”
Albernas says the key for Syosset to have success is through a commitment to defense.
“I think we have to be able to play better defense this year,” Albernas said. “I think for us to have a chance at making the playoffs we really have to work hard in practice to improve our defense.”
“We have a really good team this year,” Albernas said. “I think if we all work hard and buy into Coach Kopp’s system we can make some noise.”