As the Syosset Braves basketball team gets set for the 2012-2013 season, Head Coach Bobby Kopp couldn’t be more excited to coach this years team.
When asked about this years team, Kopp said it all starts with his seven seniors on the roster.
“Our Seniors have great chemistry and really get along,” Kopp said. “We played spring, summer and fall league and we were really fortunate to have to have them all together. They just get along very well and it definitely translates to better success on the court.”
Kopp says Syosset will look to change things up offensively to try to have more success during the regular season.
“We are going to try more continuity stuff,” Kopp said. “We want to utilize the skills that the players on our team have. We want to try to take advantage of their talents.”
When asked what his expectations were for this upcoming season, Kopp didn’t shy away from his goal.
“This season is all about winning,” he said. “Having not done very well in the league season the past two years with only two wins each year. I really hope that with these guys we can put it together to win enough games to get back into the playoffs.”
For Syosset to make the playoffs, Kopp says the team needs to do a variety of things and be a much tougher team as a whole.
“We have to defend and rebound better,” he said. “We have to also be tougher. We have to play smarter and take care of the ball better.”
Though Syosset will carry seven seniors on the team’s roster, it will also include five juniors. Kopp spoke about the importance of his junior players to be able to step up and contribute without any prior experience on the varsity level.
“Our juniors have to grow up quick,” he said. “Our juniors have great size and most of them have played in the summer and fall and they are going to have to grow up quick. For us to establish our depth those guys are going to have to play well.
For the Syosset Braves and Coach Kopp a new season means a great opportunity to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
“We have the right players here,” Kopp said. “I think we have a great chance to be successful.”