Progress early in their freshman seasons of college basketball has come in different forms for former JB Hoops teammates George Tinsley and Leo O’Boyle.
Tinsley’s early accomplishments have been mostly individual playing for a young and winless Binghamton University team.
O’Boyle has made contributions to team success supporting a veteran Lafayette College lineup during a promising start.
That trend continued Wednesday night when each played the third game of the season.
Tinsley produced his first double-double when Binghamton lost at Columbia, 75-63.
O’Boyle hit his first 3-pointer to help Lafayette win, 72-65, at Princeton. The Leopards are 2-1 with the only loss coming by a point.
Tinsley played all 40 minutes and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Binghamton.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Abington Heights was 4-for-11 from the floor, 1-for-4 on 3-pointers and 1-for-2 from the line. He had three assists and a blocked shot.
Tinsley leads the Bearcats in minutes played (37.7 per game) and rebounds (7.0) while ranking second in assists (3.3) and blocked shots (1.0) and fourth in points (8.7).
Binghamton’s second game was Sunday against then top-ranked Michigan State in a 100-47 loss. Tinsley had six points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Bearcats play their home opener Saturday at 4 against Sacred Heart University.
“We’ve learned a lot about ourselves in these first three games,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said, according to a story on the school’s athletic website. “We’re a better team because of these tough road games to start the season.”
O’Boyle’s first-half 3-pointer was his only shot of Wednesday’s game and his first made field goal. The basket capped a 7-0 Lafayette run to a 34-26 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the half.
The 6-7 forward from Scranton Prep played six minutes, grabbed a rebound and dished out two assists.
O’Boyle was scoreless in Saturday’s loss to St. Francis Brooklyn.
In 20 minutes over three games, he has five points, three rebounds and two assists.
Bobby Planutis, another JB Hoops alum, is a redshirt sophomore at St. Bonaventure University after transferring from Loyola of Maryland.
Planutis, who has started all three games, was scoreless Tuesday night in 21 minutes in a 78-65 loss at Siena. He missed his only shot, a 3-point attempt, and had three rebounds and a blocked shot.
The 6-8 forward had four points, nine rebounds, three steals and an assist in Friday’s 71-69 loss to Vermont.
Planutis shares the team lead in rebounds (7.0) and steals (1.7). He averages 4.0 points and 1.3 assists for the Bonnies, who have lost their first three.