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Boys basketball preview: New coach leads Hornets into 2013-14 season

DARIEN – Brett Moore firmly believes that he can and will turn around the Hinsdale South boys basketball team.

After winning just five games in 2012-13, the Hornets brought in Moore – the Plano High School varsity head coach of four years – in order to fine tune South’s roster and groom the emerging frontcourt athletes.

So far, so good, as the Hornets defeated rival Hinsdale Central 65-63 in the season opener on Monday. While Moore found flaws in the team’s first game, he knows the key to success is hard work, execution and a strong post presence.

“We had some good practices and were able to come out with the win on Monday,” Moore said. “It wasn’t perfect and there is still room for improvement, but it was a good way to start the new season.

“We are a post heavy team and we want to get our bigs a lot of touches. We might not beat a lot of teams with our athleticism, but if we get the ball inside, we are going to be tough to stop.”

With another year of varsity experience under their belts, low post tandem Barret Bensen and Tyler Zampa will man the Hornet’s frontcourt.

Bensen, a 6-foot-9-inch sophomore, improved his all-around game and fitness during the offseason. He is now a stronger, more flexible post player, and Moore attests that the starting center’s vision and awareness enables him to find the open man when faced with a double team.

Zampa provides much needed senior leadership and experience in the South low block. The 6-foot-5-inch forward can play multiple positions, but is most effective when facing the basket.

Hinsdale South’s big men will see plenty of double teams and will be counted on to find open perimeter shooters Marcell Phillips and Larry Motuzis.

The speedy and elusive Phillips will man the point while Motuzis can knock down both mid- and long-range jumpers.

Forward Stefan Kaplarevic came off the bench last year, but will play a larger role this season. Likewise, Brian Kern will see valuable minutes in the Hornets’ backcourt.

Orlando Brown and Rashad Gatlin are two transfers who are new to the team this season.

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