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A perfect summer for the Monticello Boys Basketball Team

Aug. 2, 2018

Monticello Boys Basketball Goes 7-0 to Win the Third-Annual MHS Boys Summer League Championship

Article courtesy of Coach Russo

Monticello Boys Basketball teamThe Monticello HS Boys Basketball Team won its first Summer League Championship with a victory over the Liberty Indians on July 27. Six teams from Sullivan and Orange Counties competed in the league – Monticello, Liberty, Roscoe, Sullivan West, Fallsburg, and Port Jervis. The teams played five games and the top four teams completed in the playoffs. Monticello earned the #1 seed with a perfect 5-0 season. The Panthers defeated Roscoe 51-22, while Liberty defeated Port Jervis 56-40 in the semi-finals; Monticello went on to beat Liberty in the final.

The league gives coaches and players the opportunity to participate in structured games with HS officials. It allows the teams to work together and improve.

“It is a great opportunity for us to get together as a team, evaluate some players, and build some chemistry heading into the season,” Panthers' Coach Chris Russo said.

The league had HS officials from the Sullivan County Basketball Officials Association assigned to each game. The officials use the league as an opportunity to improve their skills and work with the players. They can be seen and heard instructing players and informing them of ways they can improve or explanations of their calls.

Monticello’s roster included Dayshawn York, Alonzo Stergis, Tre Von Gray, Damorn Rucker, Josh Gattling, Antwon Reid, Michael Russo, Jordan Ruggerio, Dannez Moore, Afton Florez, and Albin Gjonbalac, and Tyrone Bridges. The team played very well throughout the summer.

“I loved playing with the guys. It was a lot of fun and a great experience,” Michael Russo, who is Coach Russo's son, said.

The team was led by this year’s captain, Josh Gattling. Josh will be entering his junior year at Monticello and is one of the promising stars in Section IX.

In speaking about the team, Josh said, “I was really happy with how we played and that we won the ‘chip. My teammates were great all summer with their energy and effort.”