Sayreville boys basketball sets sights on division title

Sayreville boys basketball sets sights on division title

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Sayreville boys basketball sets sights on division title

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Since stepping on the court as a freshman three years ago as the starting point guard for the Sayreville boys basketball team, Corey Taite has grown tremendously both as a basketball player, and literally as well.

Standing at 4-foot-8 and 90 pounds as a freshman, Taite has grown little by little each season and now stands at 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, up four to five inches from where he was last year as a junior.

“Freshman and sophomore year I considered myself being weak,” Taite said. “I was getting pushed around. I was getting the ball and defenders were just riding me and I was falling over. I just got tired of it. This offseason I’ve been in the weight room 24-7, just trying to get stronger and bigger so I wouldn’t get pushed around anymore and I can take it to the rack strong and finish.”

With the increased height and strength this season, Taite has more confidence in himself and appears poised to lead a Sayreville squad that returns seven letterwinners from last year’s 16-win team and will start four seniors.

Sayreville, which has never won a division title, is expected to be in the thick of things, and possibly the favorite, for the White Division title this season with last year’s frontrunners, North Brunswick and Woodbridge, both taking some hits from graduation.

“We strongly feel we could contend for the White Division and that’s definitely one of our goals,” said fourth-year head coach and 2003 alum John Wojcik. “It’s a process though. It’s going to take some time. We just got to work every day and get better.”

Surrounding Taite in the Bombers’ starting lineup are senior guards Rob Seraji, Malik Pressley, and Brian Gay along with junior forward Jehvye Floyd, the lone big man in the starting five.

Each brings something different to the table.

Seraji, who transferred to his hometown school from St. Joseph last season, is a lethal scorer and outside shooter; Pressley is the Bombers defensive enforcer and is key on the glass; Gay, a co-captain with Taite, is the hustle guy who does the little things and the dirty work; and Floyd is the inside presence who can bang down low, get rebounds, and block shots.

Taite also has the chance to do something this year that hasn’t been done by a Sayreville player in 15 years.

Entering the season with 760 career points, Taite has a realistic chance to get his 1,000th career point later in the season, a feat that has not been accomplished by a Sayreville player since Marcin Ziobrin, who was a neighbor of Wojcik’s while the two were growing up, did so in the 1998-99 season.

While 1,000 points has crossed Taite’s mind, his bigger priority is getting a boys basketball banner with the year “2014” up in the gym.

“We want to get our year on that banner,” Taite said. “Coach (Wojcik) talks about it every practice, getting on that banner and getting our year up under division titles.”

“(1,000 points) is on my mind, but I’d like to win the division title more,” he said. “But I’ve been thinking about the 1,000 points. My parents want me to get it, it would mean a lot, and hopefully I do.”

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