Tritons Preview: Same old core.. with a little more
- By -, Day 1, 2022
OAKLAND - TritoNow
The gang is back from next year hoping to reproduce late success from last season. While there were rumors of movement of large salaries, the Tritons have apparently decided to keep their veteran lineup into the upcoming 2022 season.
All-JBL and scoring leader Marcus Ivory spearheads the core with Antoine Peeler and 4-time All-JBL forward, Simon Hartford. Ivory, a beast in all areas of the court, is eager to see what a full season with Peeler and Hartford holds after a mid-season trade with the Nashville Stars led to a 14 game winning streak late in the season. Hartford and Peeler, who won the championship with the Stars in 2020 yearn to return to the top with he Tritons.
With the signing of Zeke Boreczky to a new 3 year deal with a player option, the Tritons bring back their solid two way player who played multiple positions for them. GM Reggie Cross: “We’re overjoyed that Zeke decided to sign a long term deal with us. He could’ve made a lot more money elsewhere, but his decision to stay with our Triton family is priceless.”
The Tritons also signed Danny Alexander to a minimum contract in free agency. Alexander brings established chemistry with Antoine Peeler and Simon Hartford from their time with the Stars. Alexander is looking to compete for the point guard role with Evan Coleman, who was a solid starter at point guard in his rookie year.
Through the draft, the Tritons brought in some youth for Hartford to mentor in Juan Vazquez and Alan Browning. Physically, they’ll need to adapt to the rigors of the JBL, but there is certainly a foundation to build on. Nikica Jankovic, a point guard out of Xavier, is also a sleeper to bring further depth to the Triton’s guard depth.
With high priced stars, filling the roster was challenging for first year GM, Reggie Cross. Key minutes from Marques Bowen, Dimitri Karacic, and returning Mitchell Epps will be vital if the Tritons are to make the playoffs.
When asked if he was done with roster moves, GM Cross responded, “When you’re done with your roster, your team is ‘done’. Anytime we can improve our roster, we’re going to do it. Salary cap or not, where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Only time will tell if the core does more or if they’re out the door for playoff contention.