Wildcats welcome new coach, players | Boys basketball
Last updated 12/15/2017 at Noon
With only one returning player with any significant varsity experience, the Archbishop Murphy boys basketball team may be facing some peaks and valleys this season.
Therefore, the Wildcats are lucky to have a veteran coach to navigate the ups and downs.
Len Bone, who coached at Snohomish High School for 21 years, was hired as Archbishop Murphy’s new coach earlier this year. Bone has coach high school basketball for near 40 years.
Bone is the Wildcats’ third coach in three years, which presents challenges for both the coach and the players.
“I think they’re trying to do what I ask,” Bone said. “I’m trying to be patient. I think it’s a process for us. I think we’ll definitely get better.”
Bone is relying on senior Trey Miller for leadership.
“He’s a good defender, both on and off the ball,” Bone said. “He’s tough and he can score and he can rebound. He’s going to be a big part of this year’s group. He was a big part of last year’s team. It’ll be a little different role. We’re really looking for him to be a scorer inside. He can go outside a little bit. He’s our main inside presence.”
Bone also is looking for seniors Nolan Chin and Alex Peterson to be key contributors.
“We’re hoping we can get some really solid steady smart play out of them,” Bone said.
Miller is impressed by his teammates skills and knowledge.
“They have high basketball IQs,” Miller said. “Last year’s team was more athletic. This year we’ll have a lot more basketball IQ and running the offense.”
The Archbishop Murphy senior standout said that Bone emphasizes teamwork on offense.
“Every person has to communicate. Every player is involved in the offense,” Miller said. “It’s a five on five. It’s not an isolation type of offense.”
Archbishop Murphy lost 56-49 to Cedarcrest in its league opener but rebounded with a 64-51 victory over South Whidbey. The Wildcats were led by Rwehabura Munyagi, a late arrival due to football, who scored a game-high 22 points. Junior Cole Calnon added 15 points and Miller had 14.
Bone said the team needs court time.
“We need to play a lot. We need to get game experience for the younger kids and even for the older kids who haven’t been varsity level players,” Bone said.
Bone sees the connection among the players and that connection continues to evolve.
“They know each other. They get along,” he said. “But there’s a different kind of connection when you’re playing and that’s the kind you need. We have a long way to go as a team that way, just becoming more united and on the same page.”