HARVARD -- Bromfield's boys' basketball team has enjoyed success under mainstay head coach Tom Hill. Hill unofficially has more than 500 wins as a basketball coach as he enters his 36th season at the front of the Trojans' bench.
The Trojans finished their last regular season with a 9-3 record in the Mid-Wach D Conference. Bromfield ended up tying with league powerhouse Littleton in the league, and boasted an overall mark of 15-7 on the season. The Trojans were a tough bunch to beat inside their own gymnasium, winning eight-out-of-nine games at Bromfield High School in 2011-2012. Bromfield found themselves in the Division 3 quarterfinals against a familiar opponent in Keefe Tech. The Trojans were bounced in the first round by the Broncos, 47-30.
Bromfield graduated two key players last season in six-foot-six center Sam Shepherd and Brian McCullough, who was a potent scoring threat for the Trojans.
"We lost our two best defensive players in Sam Shepherd and Bryan McCullough," said Hill. "McCullough would get in your face, he was so quick. Shepherd was a shot blocker. I think that's going to hurt our defense more than our offense."
The Trojans will have to go with a center by committee this season to find a combination that works the best. Junior center C.J. Klem showed some promise in Sunday's pre-season scrimmage with Parker Charter School and may get some playing time at the center position for the Trojans this season. Expect to see Ben Veno start at center, and Kevin McCullough may get some time at the center spot as well. Hill also talked about junior multi-sport athlete Ryan Kennedy possibly getting playing time at the center position. Hill believes that while Kennedy is much smaller than the other options, he will provide athleticism.
The Trojans return hot-shooting point guard senior Trevor Granville to the lineup this season. Granville scored 304 points for the Trojans last season, with 51 of the points coming from long range. Granville is nursing a back injury he suffered in a skiing accident. Granville will be a pivotal component in the Trojans offense this season. Bromfield brings back four seniors from last years' club in Granvile, Matt Griffin, Kevin Sun and Mike Oliver.
Hill added that the Trojans will be a better passing team this season, which will tend to open up the floor a bit.
"Offensively, I think we will be a better passing team this year. We will hopefully shoot better this year, too," said Hill. "We have good overall size, but we are missing that big guy in the center."
Bromfield will have some sparks off the bench from Sun, who is an aggressive player that Hill looks to work in at power forward. Sun worked on the inside jump shot over the off-season and he now has some versatility.
Hill believes that fans will be treated to an aggressive style of basketball with crisp passing and tough defense.
"I think it will be an enjoyable group," said Hill. "We are going to have to work hard on defense. The key if we are going to make it to districts -- we will have to beat Tahanto."
Hill believes there are some question marks on the team that remain unanswered, and they should smooth out as the season wages on. Freshman Jake Frackiewicz will see time at point guard for the Trojans this season. Hill is very high on his play as a distributor and scoring threat.
Bromfield opens up the regular season on the road at Lunenburg Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The Trojans will participate in a jamboree tonight with the first game against Tyngsborough beginning at 5 p.m.