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Lombard

Boys basketball preview: Without Cobbs, Broncos look to build off successful 2012-13 season

LOMBARD – The Broncos had a breakout season last year, but fell just short of the Suburban Christian Gold title.

Matching that success will be tough this year with the departure of all-conference forward Simmie Cobbs. Cobbs transferred back to Oak Park River Forest after averaging a double-double for the Broncos last winter.

Montini’s other interior presence last year, Matt Brachmann, does return. The 6-foot-3 senior will join the team late after playing wide receiver for the state-bound football team, but was an all-conference forward last season.

Sophomore Tom Hyland is 6-foot-5 and will aid the Broncos inside. Sophomore guard Terrence Williams and junior forward Mike Mooney are expected to join the regular rotation.

Seniors Jack Brady, Mike Delaplane and Tom McGillicuddy give coach Brian Opoka plenty of experienced options at guard. Brady ran the offense last year and will need to be a stabilizing player at point guard.

The Broncos got past IMSA 55-42 in the opener Tuesday with 10 points from McGillicuddy and eight points and seven rebounds from Mike Mooney.

Montini Broncos

Coach: Brian Opoka

Conference: Suburban Christian Gold

2012-13 record: 19-9 (8-2 SCC Gold)

Next game: Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Aurora Christian tournament

Top returners:

Matt Brachmann sr. F

Jack Brady sr. G

Mike Delaplane sr. G

Tom McGillicuddy sr. G

Promising newcomers:

Tom Hyland so. F/C

Mike Mooney jr. F

Terrence Williams so. G

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