Peekskill Boys Basketball Brings Size, Experience Into 2013-14 Season
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The Peekskill boys’ basketball team is a perennial power in Section 1 Class A and the 2013-14 season looks to be no different as the Red Devils bring a solid combination of size and experience into the new year.
The anchor of the team is head coach Lou Panzanaro, who is entering his 31st season at the helm of the team. The New York Basketball Hall of Fame coach is the all-time Section 1 boys basketball coach in wins. He has won five state championships and has amassed more than 500 wins in his career.
On the court, seniors Laron Holt and Musheed Muhammad return to lead the way for Peekskill. Both players stand at 6’6” and have plenty of experience to bring to the court. Muhammad is a traditional center, while Holt plays a guard/forward combination. The former should provide plenty of rebounding and defense inside, while the latter can use size to his advantage on the outside. Fellow senior Anthony Guerrero, who stands at 6’2”, plays a forward/center combo and should offer some more help in the paint.
Perhaps the biggest change for the Red Devils this season will be at the point guard position, where the quick and agile Chavis Pigott takes over the starting role. Pigott has played significant minutes for Peekskill in the past, but now he becomes the orchestrator of the offense.
Senior Ahamad Banks missed all of last season for Peekskill but returns this year. Banks stands at 6’6” and provides both depth and size for the interior.
Peekskill finished 16-5 last season but lost in the Section 1 Class A semifinals to Byram Hills. There was talk that last season would be Panzanaro’s last, but he is back again to try to lead this senior-filled team to another Gold Ball and beyond.