As a first-year varsity program, the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central boys basketball team is facing a number of challenges.
ITC, in only its third year as a Syracuse City School District high school, has no seniors on its roster. The Eagles also have no gym at their school located on East Adams Street. Practices are held at various locations, depending on gym availability, and the team will play all games on the road.
But the Eagles aren't letting a few obstacles spoil their varsity debut. In its first-ever game Nov. 27, ITC defeated Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, 56-36, in the first round of the DeRuyter Tournament. The Eagles placed second in the tournament, losing to host DeRuyter in the championship Nov. 28, 63-52.
ITC, which played a JV schedule last winter, will compete in the Onondaga League Patriot Conference American Division. Head coach Eric Bramoff will lean on Jachcin Ingram, Saquan Dozier and Jebron Thomas to make key contributions this year. Dozier was named to the all-tournament team in the DeRuyter Tournament.
Ingram, a junior point guard, and Dozier, a junior shooting guard, have played two years together at the JV level. They are expected to provide the Eagles with on-court leadership and scoring. Thomas, who moved to Syracuse from Pittsburgh this year, is a 6-foot-1 junior forward who can rebound and score for the Eagles.
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Henninger (18-5 last year): Henninger's season started on a poignant note Friday, as the school will name its basketball court after former head coach Joe Mazella, who died in September.
A dedication ceremony will be held approximately at 7:30 p.m. before Henninger's season-opener against CBA which is the second game of the Peppino's Invitational and a rematch of last year's Section III Class AA final.