Younger Champions Making a Name

 Point guard Sophomore Bright Amoako, a first year Fryeburg Academy Raider from the Bronx, will start at the point this year. Amoako arrived with limited basketball background in terms of fundamentals, but Saunders is teaching him man-to-man defensive principles, and so far, he is a good student. Saunders commented on Amoako’s study habits, “He listens and works hard, so he has already learned a lot about positioning and help defense.”

Saunders trusts Amoako with the point guard position despite his inexperience because he is able to do some things from the point because he has good instincts. Saunders is trying to help Amoako add arsenal to his offensive repertoire. Currently Saunders is working on having Amoako learn a pull up shot in the paint. Saunders is excited by his point guard’s potential, “He is only a sophomore — he will be really good down the road.”

Bright Amoako had 17 points and nine assists to lead the Raiders at Fryeburg. Fryeburg Academy used a 23-13 second-quarter run to open a 34-24 lead. Chandler Birmingham scored 16 points for Freeport. Kyle Strozewski added 13. Amoako sank a corner 3-pointer to cut the GNG lead to two, but Farynaz answered with his own trey and Jensen slashed past two defenders for a hoop and added a free throw to push the margin to five points with 4:36 left. Fryeburg looked to answer as Djordje Obradovic connected on a 3-pointer to put the raiders up for good.

“Bright is going to be a good player. He makes things happen. He hasn’t played a lot of organized basketball, so he is a little behind the eight ball right now,” Coach Saunders said. “He’s learning quickly. When you have four games in seven days, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for coaching. Our depth is much better than I thought it was going to be.”

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