Two energetic senior captains for the Bonner-Prendergast High School basketball team , the Friars, make a coaches’ job easy, writes Phil Anastasia for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tyreese Watson and Donovan Rodriguez support their fellow players, sometimes with words of encouragement, sometimes with bottles of water.
Watson and Rodriguez have led Bonner-Prendergast to a 12-3 overall record, a 6-2 mark in Philadelphia Catholic League, and the No. 6 spot in The Inquirer’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Top 10.
They are committed to playing defense, sharing the basketball and setting the team standard.
“They are great kids, totally unselfish,” said Bonner-Prendergast coach Kevin Funston. “Tyreese has his own style of probing, and Donovan is more like thunder. He’s banging through and trying to create stuff with his body.”
Rodriguez and Watson are four-year varsity players, key contributors for strong Bonner-Prendergast teams of the last two seasons.
Those teams were led by Isaiah Wong and Tariq Ingraham and Ajiri Johnson. With those guys off to college, some outsiders expected the Friars to slide.
Rodriguez and Watson have embraced the Friars’ underdog status. They have embodied the defense-first mentality of a team without a starter taller than 6-2.
Read more about these two successful senior captains for Bonner-Prendie here.