The Christmas Tournaments are over and the Red Bank boys basketball team had the headline of the holiday tournament season with its 59-54 overtime upset of St. Joseph Metuchen in the Albert E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic on Tuesday evening. Someone that has flown under the radar is Red Bank senior guard Anthony Mitchell with his recent play for the Bucs. He helped Red Bank make the Albert E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic Final with his stellar performance on Sunday, Dec. 28 in the tournament semifinals. Today, the secret is out that Mitchell is one of the Bucs better players for the 2014-2015 season. He’s having a breakout year after he averaged 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in the 2013-2014 season. He is this week’s boys basketball Q & A participant.
10 QUESTIONS WITH RED BANK’S ANTHONY MITCHELL
Q: How much varsity experience do you have?
A: This is my second year on varsity. I started the last two or three games of the 2013-2014 season and I’m starting this season.
Q: What is your best asset as a basketball player?
A: I’m a scorer. Coach Scott Martin likes the ball in my hands and he’s confident to let me have the ball in late-game situations.
Q: Could you play point guard, if you had to?
A: Yes. I can pass the ball and be a point guard if I had to. I can do a lot of things.
Q: What’s your team’s philosophy on how to win games?
A: Coach Scott Martin always says defense wins games. So, we go off that. We play our defense and get into our sets on offense and let the game come to us.
Q: How does your team keep its composure when it gets in foul trouble?
A: We bring it in as a team and we talk about it. If we feel the referees aren’t calling fouls our way. We just keep calm, keep our hands off the opponent and try not to commit fouls.
Q: You had 21 points in a 68-49 victory over Shore, in the Albert. E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic semifinals on Dec. 28, so what is your career-high?
A: That was my career high on Dec. 28. I wasn’t keeping track of how many points I had in that game. I was just playing basketball and playing my game.
Q: In that same game on Dec. 28, you were 8-for-10 from the foul line, missing only two free throws in the fourth quarter, so how good of a free throw shooter are you?
A: On the two free throws that I missed, I don’t know what happened. I’m a great free throw shooter. I practice free throws a lot.
Q: Based on stats provided by the Red Bank Regional coaching staff for the 2013-2014 season, did you know you ranked really high in free throw shooting in the Shore Conference.
A: Yes. I think I was No. 3 in the Shore Conference (as far as percent goes) in free throw shooting last season (55-for-65 for 84.6 percent).
Q: Do you think this season’s Red Bank team, off to a 5-0 start through Tuesday, Dec. 30 games, can win the Class B North division?
A: We think we can win the Class B North division and make a big impact in the Shore Conference Tournament. We have big dreams at Red Bank and we are willing to work hard for them.
Q: Why do you wear No. 15?
A: I’ve worn No. 15 for a while now, my dad gave me this number when I was young. And I’ve stuck with it ever since.
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