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Article from the Courier News:
Frauenheim's big first half pushes Bound Brook to victory
Basketball is a sport where defense can often get overlooked. Every coach preaches the importance of defense, but not every team can execute it.
The Bound Brook boys basketball team has seen a major transformation this season. The Crusaders have exploded out of the gates this season on their way to a 3-0 start. Bound Brook has defeated opposing squads by an average of 24 points a game during a two week span. What has been the difference for coach Anthony Melesurgo’s group?
On Monday night, in the opening round of the Crusader Classic at Bound Brook High School, Bound Brook silenced several strong options on the Piscataway Tech said, on its way to a 72-52 victory.
“The difference between last year’s team and this years is that we are a lot better of a defensive team,” Melesurgo explained. “Defensively last year we couldn’t do much because we were a lot smaller. This year we are a lot longer and bigger, so we can get a little more creative on defense, which can put a stop to runs.”
Sophomore Kyle Frauenheim gave the Crusaders a quick start. His sharp shooting from behind the arc allowed Bound Brook to jump out to a 40-28 lead at the end of the first half. Frauenheim had 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.
“It got my confidence going making a couple of shots,” Frauenheim said. “In the summer I start working with these guys to develop chemistry. We have great players on this team and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Chemistry was another critical portion of the win for Bound Brook. Frauenheim’s teammates frequently found him the corner for an open three-pointer. Frauenheim, who was implanted into the starting lineup at the end of last season, played the entire duration of the game.
“Kyle was thrown into the wolves a little bit last year,” Melesurgo said. “This year he worked a lot harder on his shot. He’s a really good complimentary player to Anthony (Perez). Kyle did a really good job of stepping up for Anthony when he wasn’t shooting so well tonight.”
Although Bound Brook carried a comfortable lead into halftime, the game was far from over. Piscataway Tech made two noteworthy attempts at equalizing itself with the Crusaders, but Bound Brook had an answer both times.
The first came in the third quarter when Piscataway Tech came within striking distance, but five straight points from Frauenheim put an end to the run. In the fourth quarter the Raiders had a 6-0 run to it a 51-46 contest, but Bound Brook displayed its veteran presence.
After a slow start to the competition, Najee Williams and Anthony Perez capitalized on opening in the defense and gave the Crusaders one last push to victory. Williams and Perez combined for nine points in the fourth quarter. Williams has been an important piece of the early success for Bound Brook. After missing all of last year due to injury, Williams has been a pleasant spark for his team.
Evian Brown was also played a significant role on Monday night. He had 13 points and also commanded the troops at his guard position.
“We did a lot of different things well tonight,” Melesurgo said. “What I like about our guys is we can play to the way the game is going. We have some athletic guys who can go to the basket, we can hit the three and we can play some defense. Overall, we kind of played to the way the game is going.”
Bound Brook looks ready to compete in the Skyland Conference Valley Division and within state competition. The Crusaders still remember when they lost to Point Beach in the quarterfinal of the Central Group I bracket and saw three valuable seniors careers come to an end. Now, furnished with athletic ability, this year’s group is making this season a tribute to the past players who brought a full effort to the court for the Bound Brook community every night.
“We lost some great leaders,” Frauenheim said. “They want us to do well. After our loss to Point Beach last year, we were all a little hurt. We went down there and we were up, but we eventually lost the game. This year we are going to stay together no matter what.
“We are taking it game-by-game. The next game that we have is the most important. We are looking forward to tomorrow.”
Bound Brook 73 Metuchen 33
Anthony Perez leads the way for Bound Brook again with 21 points and four-3 point field goals. Kyle Fraunheim (12 points) and Najee (10 points) added to the 3 point parade. Evian Brown dished out 7 assists and pulled down 4 rebounds to help Bound Brook on their way to a convincing victory. Bound Brook improved to 2-0 on the other season.
Brook Improves to 1-0
Bound Brook 64, South Hunterdon 57:
(from Courier News)
Xander Martinez finished with a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bound Brook (1-0).
Anthony Perez also had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assist and six steals.
Kyle Frauenheim chipped in eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
Elijah Davis led South Hunterdon (0-1) with 22 points and Eric Myers recorded 18 points.
Courier News Preview
Coach: Anthony Melesurgo, 12th season (191-104 career record)
Last Season: 16-10
Letter winners lost: Kevin Pacheco; Dan Leinbach; Nick Cuba
Returners: Anthony Perez (Sr., G); Najee Williams (Sr., F); Darius Brown (Sr., F); EJ Vargas (Jr., C); Noah Smith (Jr., G); Kyle Frauenheim (So., F)
Newcomers: Xzander Martinez (Sr., F); Evian Brown (Jr., G); Mike Pacheco (Jr., G); RJ Frazier (Fr., G)
Outlook: Perez is one of the most explosive players returning in the area and automatically makes Bound Brook a favorite in the Valley Division. Perez averaged 18 points per game last season. Perez will have a solid surrounding cast of players around him. His help starts with Kyle Frauenheim, who made a splash on the varsity level as a freshman. Senior forwards Najee Williams and Darius Brown will give Bound Brook some depth down low. EJ Vargas will also see an increase in minutes this season. The Crusaders have to move on from Kevin Pacheco and Dan Leinbach. Both players had impressive campaigns in the backcourt for coach Melesurgo. Bound Brook found itself playing against strong competition last season but that didn’t stop them from having a winning record. The Crusaders beat Somerville to end its perfect season and also competed with Immaculata in the SCT. Coach Melesurgo believes this group of players is one of the closer knit guys he has coached. The chemistry should pay off once a tough stretch in the schedule rolls around.
Overall: 13-6 Conference: 7-4
Feb. 9- Bernards
Feb. 11- At NP
Feb. 14- Counties 1st Rd
Kevin Pacheco- Penn State- Abington
Dan Leinbach- Cairn Universiy
JD Rodriguez- Georgian Court
Hamilton Cappellan- Georgian Court
Ricky Holliday- Morris County College
Jaquan Pearyer- Middlesex Cty
Wole Osontuyi- Valley Forge Prep
BB Basketball Restoration
The Last 12 years:
Snapped State Worst 34 Game Losing Streak
2007 Skyland Champs
2008 Skyland Champs
2011 Skyland Champs
2012 Skyland Champs
2013 Skyland Champs
2014 Skyland Champs
10 Consecutive Winning Seasons
2013 So County Final 4 Appearance
11 Consecutive State Tourney Appearances
2010 Star Ledger Ranked #7 in Somerset Cty
Top 10 Rankings in NJ (Group 1)('08-6th, '09-9th, '11-2nd)
Most Wins Since 1990 ('08, '10, '12, '13)
All-time Leader Scorer (Hawkins, 1320)
11 College Basketball Players
4 1,000 Point Scorers
2010 Crusader Classic Champs!
2012 Crusader Classic Champs!
School Record 18 Straight Wins (2011)
School Record 21 Straight wins (2013)
Ranked in State top 20 1st Time Ever
1st Time School History State #1 Seed (2011)
Undefeated in League play 12-0 (10-11)
Undefeated in League Play 12-0 (11-12)
Undefeated in League Play 12-0 (12-13)
School Record 24 Wins (2011)
School Record 26 Wins (2013)
2 ALL-STATE SELECTIONS (2011)
Advanced to Semi-Finals (first time since 1979)
Advanced to CJ Group 1 2013 Finals (first time since 1979)
Beat #17 in state Bridgewater-Raritan (2012)