The Pinelands Regional High School boys basketball team already has its game plan for the season.
Due to a number of talented shooters, head coach John Tierney feels that fast breaks and 3-pointers are the team's strong points.
The Wildcats' plan - take the fast, quick and easy baskets.
Athletic shooters, such as returning starters Matt MacPhee and Dom Hernandez, combined with newcomers freshman Luke Stambaugh and sophomore Zach Wiatrowski, should allow the Wildcats to push the ball and take the first available shot.
"We have a lot of good shooters this year, which should allow us to stretch the defense as well," Tierney said.
Guards MacPhee and Stambaugh are expected to knock down plenty of 3-point shots, too.
Stambaugh, a freshman, will most likely start for the Wildcats.
"His overall knowledge of the game was very impressive," Tierney said. "All summer long he ate, slept and drank basketball. He has such a love for the game, and he blended right in with the rest of the team."
Seniors Zac Schnepp and Hernandez will provide leadership and help with the youth and inexperience in the backcourt.
Schnepp is also a key player for Pinelands. Last season, he hit three game-winning shots for the Wildcats.
If all things come together as planned, Pinelands definitely has a shot at improving on last season's 4-21 record.
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League: Shore Conference B South
Group: South Jersey Group III
Coach: John Tierney (41-85, 7th season)
2011-12 record: 4-21
2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding
Key players: Zac Schnepp, Sr., 6-3, C; Dom Hernandez, Sr., 6-2, F; Matt MacPhee, Jr., 6-0, G; David Kidd, Jr., 6-2, F; Jimmy Truitt, Sr., 6-2, F.
Top newcomers: Luke Stambaugh, Fr., 5-10, G; Zach Wiatrowski, So., 5-10, G; Paul Saurez, Jr., 5-10, G.
Dec. 14: at Central Regional, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Manchester Township, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: vs. Lakewood, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 2: at Wall, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 4: at Jackson Liberty, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: vs. Point Pleasant Boro, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10: at Monsignor Donovan, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: vs. Toms River East, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15: vs. Barnegat, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: vs. Central Regional, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: vs. Manchester Township
Jan. 24: at Lakewood, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: vs. Henry Hudson Regional, 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: vs. Jackson Liberty, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: at Pt. Pleasant Boro, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: vs. Monsignor Donovan, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Barnegat, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: at Keansburg, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: at Monmouth Regional, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Lacey Township, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Red Bank Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: at Southern Regional, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: vs Mainland Regionl, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Ranney, 5:15 p.m.
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