For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The Allegany College of Maryland Trojans open their 2012-13 men’s basketball season Friday, 5 p.m., against Olney Central (Ill.) in the Vincennes University Classic in Vincennes, Ind. The Trojans then play tournament host Vincennes Saturday at 7 p.m. Allegany has traveled to Vincennes to play in their tournament since 1975, missing out only in 1980.
The first home game at Bob Kirk Arena will be a Maryland JUCO conference game against Chesapeake College on Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
The Trojans, under ninth-year head coach Mike Baker, finished last season with an 18-12 overall record and a third-place finish in the Maryland JUCO with an 11-5 posting. Allegany went into the Region XX Tournament as the No. 1 seed and met Hagerstown in the finals. Although the first two meetings went to Allegany during the regular season, the Hawks were able to pull off the upset in the final with a 79-74 win.
Last year’s team included three sophomores who have moved on to play at four-year institutions: team MVP and leading scorer Casey Roberts, the All-Region XX, All-Maryland JUCO selection, who moved on to Liberty University; Sam Dale, also an All-Region XX and All-Maryland JUCO, to Hampden-Sydney, and leading rebounder Darnell Turner to Livingstone College.
Five returning players from last year will form the nucleus of this season’s team: Ricky Mosley, Chris Day, Alex Brayboy, David “D.J.” Jones, and Richie Mann.
“Having five players back, including Ricky Mosley and Chris Day that started almost every game, is a big asset,” said Baker. “Ricky and Chris assumed a leadership role as soon as the season ended last year. These two set a great example as to the work ethic we need in order to be successful.
• Mosley, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward from Central York High School in York, Pa., was the second-leading scorer on the team with a 13.4 average. Mosley also pulled down 5.5 rebounds. In high school he averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds and was named as a first-team All-County. His father is former Allegany and George Mason University player Darrin Mosley.
• Day, a 6-0, 180-pound point guard from Old Mill High School in Millersville, averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 steals a game, and led the team in assists with 142 for a 4.7 average. A two-year captain on his high school team he was a two-time team MVP. In addition he was a 1,000-point scorer and was named second-team All-State in football.
• Brayboy, a 6-6, 190-pound small forward from C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va., averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds as injuries throughout the season severely hampered his efforts. In high school, he averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds with high-game marks of 34 points and 15 rebounds. As a senior he was named All-District and was MVP of the team.
• Mann, a 6-2, 170-pound point/shooting guard from Bishop Walsh High School, via Southampton, England, averaged 2 points and 1.5 assists a game. As a senior at BW he had a high game of 22 points and 9 assists. Before coming to the United States he played for South West England, winning three medals in the European Tournament.
• Jones, a 6-0, 175-pound shooting guard from Buckingham County High School in Dillwyn, Va., averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds. As a senior he had a high game of 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. A three-sport standout in high school, he was All-State in basketball, football and baseball.
Allegany will have five freshmen on the roster this season: Garrett D’Atri, Cumberland; Patrick Hill, Waldorf; Davon Williams, Suitland; Alonzo Molina, Inwood, W.Va.; and Larry Terry, Beckley, W.Va.
• D’Atri, a 6-1, 180-pound guard from Fort Hill High School, averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. As a senior he was named first team All-Area, All-City and All-AMAC as well as being the AMAC co-Player of the Year. He had a high game of 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
• Hill, a 6-5, 180-pound small forward from North Point High School, averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He had a high game of 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He was recruited for his specialty on defense.
• Williams, a 6-6, 210-pound power forward from Potomac High School, averaged 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His high game was 20 points and 17 rebounds. He played in the Prince George’s County All-Star game and was selected the Most Improved Player at his high school.
• Molina, a 6-7, 190-pound center/forward from Musselman High School, averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds. His high game was 10 points and 5 rebounds.
• Terry, a 6-2, 195-pound shooting guard from Woodrow Wilson High School, averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. His senior year he was honorable mention All-State and had a high game of 23 points. He came to Allegany on the recommendation of his cousin, former Allegany and University of Maryland player, Thomas “Speedy” Jones.
“We start our season with two very tough games on the road,” Baker said. “Although a lot of people think we’re crazy for doing this, it gives us a good idea of where we are at this point and what we need to do to compete against that caliber of teams.
“We have always believed it’s not how good you are now but how much better you can get over the course of the season. We want to be at our best come tournament time.”