On the way to a 17-1 record this season, Blind Brook High School’s Antoine Saliba
credits a good deal of raw talent for the team’s success, but he knows maintaining that type of consistency takes something more for any good team.
Never overlooking an opponent and always ready to step up on “D,” he says, “We always went out there and played hard.”
Unfortunately, with a longer than normal layoff after a first round bye, the Class B League Champs fell to Hastings in the Section Quarterfinals. Of course, a little rust on the machine doesn’t mean this
Doing his part in that regard, the junior feels his versatility helped in letting him lead by example. I can post up, play down low and step out behind the arc and drain some shots if left open, he says.
Leaving the X’s and O’s to Coach Welsh, Antoine acknowledged the right balance struck between criticism and encouragement. Otherwise, teamwork and tough defense were never left off Welsh’s chalkboard and it showed on court, according to the junior Center/Forward. “He made sure everyone worked hard and we did the rest,” he says.
But he’s putting aside contemplation over where he lands in college for what was left unfinished this year. We went out of the playoffs with a sour taste and that’s going to push us in the off season to get better so we can go further next year, he concludes.