Wildcats live up to Mowbray's great expectations

March 26, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Scott Mowbray, Williamsport
Scott Mowbray, Williamsport

Williamsport boys basketball coach Scott Mowbray was first in line at the beginning of the season to expect big things from his Wildcats in 2010-11.

“I said I thought we would be underachievers if we didn’t make it to the state tournament,” said Mowbray.

The Wildcats did. They made it the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals for the first time since 2000, defeated Pocomoke in the semifinals and lost to powerhouse Dunbar in the championship game.

Finishing the season with a 23-4 record, Mowbray is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

Mowbray has always been a coach who puts defense at the top of the gameplan, but he recognized there was some offensive firepower. The Wildcats went out and averaged more than 10 points per game than a year ago when they finished 20-5.

“We played a lot more open and for me that’s unusual,” said Mowbray. “I’m usually more to the vest, but we had athletic kids. I believed in their talents and tried to adapt to them.”

And there were a few times during the season when Mowbray had to make additional adjustments, with injuries to Brandon McCauley and Tyler Wise appearing to thwart the Wildcats’ charge.

“We were fortunate to have kids that believed in what we were doing,” said Mowbray, noting reserves such as Alex Aleshire and Ryan Butts were instrumental off the bench.

It was a senior-laden lineup with Stephen Christy, Connor Arnone, Xavier Green and McCauley that fueled the preseason predictions.

Mowbray, completing his seventh year at the helm of the Wildcats, is 124-50.

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