, Salem, MA


January 15, 2013

In the Paint: Hitting their stride: Young Generals starting to put wins together


Foye is averaging 19 points per game, and he’s doing it while having the opposing team’s complete attention.

“I knew what I had in him. He was a freshman (last year) that was so advanced as far as knowledge and poise; and even last year when we had two veteran guards in Steve Tam and Jake Lindland, I was comfortable with Foye having the ball in his hands,” Hoak said. “People knew him from last year. He came off the bench, but he played more minutes than kids that started games sometimes. He has so much poise.”

Some of that poise must be rubbing off on his teammates.

Junior Henry Eagar has been a tough, consistent complimentary scoring option for Foye, and he’s doing it in his first varsity season. Eagar is averaging just a shade under 13 points per game so far this year.

“Henry’s been tough,” Hoak said. “He’s not that big, but he’s a tough kid and he’s been doing a great job for us.”

Eagar actually struggled a bit in the Generals’ win over Amesbury on Friday night, but Hoak chalked it up to a long week and a lot of minutes played.

“He was pretty much gassed the third game of the week,” Hoak said. “We probably had him off the floor for about a minute all week in the three games.”

Seniors Ben Kozlowski and Nick Fusco have also been key contributors this season, both in their on-court play and with leadership.

“They didn’t play much last year at all, but they’re both starting now, and both defend well and hustle,” Hoak said. “We got two threes out of Fusco (against Amesbury), and Koz plays good defense and makes things happen. Defensively, he’s been great for us.”

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