Fairfield Warde's boys basketball team is looking to play more complete games in 2011-12.

The Mustangs lost five games by two points or less a year ago, finishing 7-13. Warde disappointingly ended just a game short of the Class L state tournament

But Warde returns nine seniors, six of whom saw varsity action a year ago. Head coach Ryan Swaller admitted his club is more focused on all the little things it wasn't in his first year as the Mustangs' head coach.

"We're looking to have less lapses in a 32 minute game," Swaller said. "We're more or less working on finishing games."

Leading the charge will be four-year player Sal Siciliano. The 6-6 center will provide rebounding ability, but also is athletic. Michael Wright is an athletic forward and guard Matt McTague can hit shots and get to the basket.

"We have a lot of versatility with our combinations," Swaller said.

Sam Martens, Joe Black and Max Garrett will all return as guards. Joe Bartolomeo can play any front court position, as can Greg Hyman.

"We have decent size inside," Swaller said. "We have quite a few guys who can play anywhere from the 2-guard to the 4 position."

Sebastian Brogan and Luke Kagabo will both be asked to contribute for Warde this season, as well.

Maintaining focus-- according to Swaller-- starts from the very beginning, and should not let down for a minute.

"Every day at practice should be treated like a game," he said. "Some of the mental lapses we tolerated last year we won't be letting go this year."

Swaller knows his club is deep and talented, and that the Mustangs should have high hopes.

"The potential is all there," Swaller said. "These seniors believe they should be reaching the FCIAC playoffs."

It also helps Warde to have good camaraderie and appreciates one another.

"Our team is really close," Swaller said. "They play as a team and as a family."

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