Reinforcements change outlook for Viera boys basketball


Xavier Scott (in white) drives the ball against Hagerty's defense during a recent game. The Hawks are expected to be a much different team in the second half of the season. Photo by Carl Kotala

The Viera boys basketball team may have gotten off to a slow start in terms of wins and losses, but there are two reasons why that’s not such a bad thing:

  • A number of young players have gotten plenty of playing experience.
  • Reinforcements are on the way.

The Hawks will be adding several new players now that the football team’s run to the state championship game is over, including Trey Schaneville, Donovan Jackson and Jamyson Boyd.

That should give the Hawks an entirely new look.

“Now I know how Cocoa and those traditional powers feel,” Viera coach Terry Parks said. “Their football players go so far into the playoffs, and when they come back around Christmas time, they look like a totally different team.

“That’s a good problem to have, though. The young guys are getting experience. Our football team’s successful. It’s a win-win situation.”

Viera was off to a 3-7 start to the season, but getting solid play from its young group.

One of those players who has been making an impact this season is junior guard D'travious Marshall whom Parks said has “improved by leaps and bounds” in terms of his confidence, productivity and ability to take better care of the basketball.

Senior Darren Rodney, who has been averaging close to a double-double this season, said the team has been competing.

“We’ve been playing pretty well,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot of close games.”

Getting the football players back should help, especially Schaneville, who led the team in steals, assists and 3-point shooting percentage.

Viera’s shooting and overall play should definitely improve, but with a lack of height on the roster — no player is taller than 6-foot-3 — the Hawks are going to have to rebound.

“We have to hit the boards hard,” Rodney said. “I know that. I’m hitting the boards a lot this year. We’ve got to rebound as a team. We need to rebound with five people.”

Still, with the Hawks at full strength, Rodney believes the team can go far despite being a district that includes Melbourne, Harmony, Hagerty, Celebration, St. Cloud, Lake Nona and Liberty.

“I think the ceiling’s pretty high,” Rodney said, “I know the new district’s pretty tough, but since we’re hanging with those teams now [before the football players come back] … that was the true test, how we play with them now.

“I think we can win the district championship.”