Jon Stone had a good feeling about his Hun School boys’ basketball team as it went through its preseason paces.
“I am excited about working with these guys, it’s a good group,” said Hun head coach Jon Stone. “I have felt that way all along.”
Stone’s feelings proved justified as the Raiders opened the season in style last weekend as they hosted the MAPL-Friends Challenge.
On Saturday, Hun topped the Shipley School (Pa.) 89-62 and then posted a 68-52 win over Friends Central (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon.
“I think I learned what I thought which was that our chemistry is good and we are willing to go out there and compete,” said Stone in assessing the two wins.
“I think their ability to work together on the court as well as off the court is what showed this weekend and that is always great.”
In the win over Friends Central, Hun produced a great start, leading 15-8 after the first quarter and 33-19 at halftime.
“I think we got some confidence last night; we are playing together well early on and sharing the ball.
“We have a variety of offensive weapons as well as defensive weapons. I think it helped us get off to a good start today.
The Raiders finished strong as well, holding off a late Friends Central run which saw the visitors narrow the gap to 47-37 entering the fourth period.
“It is always good to be in games like that,” said Stone, who got 13 points in the win from Hashim Moore with Grant MacKay scoring 12 and Fergus Duke chipping in 11.
“Friends Central is a very dangerous team, they can shoot the ball and any time you play a team like that, they are never out of it. They can always come back and get back into it. From that end I was proud. I thought some of our execution was very good in the fourth quarter and I thought some of us needed work. That is part of where we are in the season.”
Stone liked the work he got over the weekend from his star senior guards Duke and Princeton-bound Moore.
“They are both great players and give us so much in so many different ways,” said Stone.
Hun is blessed with depth in the backcourt as Jason Geter and Michael Bourke also played well in the team’s first two outings.
“We have so many other guys who can do different things,” said Stone.
“Geter is steady as they go. Bourke is only going to get a lot better.”
In Stone’s view, his frontcourt figures to get better and better as well. “You didn’t see Josh McGilvray’s best today; he is going to be pretty good,” said Stone.
“Jake Newman didn’t show all he can do today but he certainly did yesterday. Grant MacKay is very steady as well. David Li has been giving us that spark off the bench too. They just do a lot of good things.”
Hun has the ability to do a lot of different things on the court. “We can go big, we can go small,” asserted Stone.
“We can shoot, we have guys that can drive and we have guys that can post. We really have some nice pieces; I am excited about this team.”
Stone is excited about the challenges Hun will face over the next part of the season.
“We are going to have a really tough week; we have Blair at Blair (on December 5) and then we have three straight games in the Peddie event (from December 7-9),” said Stone.
“We are guaranteed to play St. Benedict’s, then Princeton Day Academy (Md.), and then Westtown (Pa.), which are all going to be tough games. We don’t have any breaks in our schedule. I think the key for us is being focused and continuing to get better. It is early so we have a lot of room for improvement.”