Lenox boys basketball getting key early wins


LEE -- Lenox boys basketball coach Scott Sibley was being modest when he said before the season that he's looking for his team to finish above .500.

Coming off a 7-13 season, Lenox's South County tournament title has the 3-1 Millionaires on pace to overshoot Sibley's projections.

The Millionaires showed they can hang with the top teams in the county and, with two more meetings against the Spartans, Sibley said their matchups will really affect the county standings.

"Monument in the last couple years has been a tough team to play against," he said. "Last year we lost twice to them, so it's nice to get this first one."

After the Millionaires' independent game against St. Mary's tonight, the team faces a four-game stretch that includes Pittsfield, Wahconah and Taconic, so stringing victories together during a tournament run could be valuable down the road.

"It's going to get tough, so it's nice to get these wins," Sibley said. "I expect to win every night. I don't come in preparing these guys to lose. When we lose, I didn't have the guys prepared enough."

Preparation is key for Lenox, but preparing to face the Millionaires' transition attack cannot be simulated on film.

The Millionaires can get transition baskets from everyone in the lineup. Guard/forward Bailey Patella can start the break as effectively as a guard. The Millionaires look to find open shooters, or dish to Patella for a monster slam.

"We're mostly all guards, so when we get the ball we're looking to push -- we don't outlet [pass]," Patella said. "Whoever gets the rebound is pushing it up and that's how we get most of our points."

Patella added that the outside shooting of Ben Herrick, along with Evan Lanoue, allows him to have paths to the basket.

The running Millionaires will begin to find out exactly where they fit in the Berkshire County hierarchy. For now, Patella admits that the team's progress is surprising even to him.

"We weren't really expecting to come out and play this well against [Monument]," he said. "But, we came back against Everett [Saturday] and we were able to hold off Monument today, so it feels good."

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