Guard's Defense Helps NFHS Win Opening Game

Reporter Mike Sullivan had a chance to get an update on the first game for Niagara Falls High School as guard play was the key in its opening night victory ...

Niagara Falls High School (Niagara Falls, New York) head coach Sal Costantino believed that J.J. Wilkins was a big part of his team this season, especially from a defensive standpoint. It appears that Costantino is right.

Wilkins' defensive skill level was a big reason why Niagara Falls High School knocked off Jamestown on opening night. "He locked down his opponent and helped us win," said Costantino.

Wilkins also made some significant contributions on offense. He scored nine points.

But the stat that stands out so much was Wilkins' seven steals, disrupting the Jamestown offense. "He made a difference," said Costantino.

Only a sophomore, Wilkins will need to be consistent defensively to help NFHS win more basketball games.


"His point guard skills are improving every day," said Costantino. "He works very hard and we're hoping he has a big season."

Wilkins goes about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, built low to the ground and perfect for backcourt skills, especially at the point guard position.

"J.J. really changes the outlook of the game from the defensive side," said Costantino. "He is improving every day in practice too. He reminds me of former St. Bonaventure guard Tim Winn, a Niagara Falls native."

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