Anyone who believes that the Staples boys basketball team will struggle this winter will be in for a major surprise.

Although Staples lost its nucleus to graduation, it looks like it will reload not rebuild because it has talented players ready to step into the forefront. Moreover, the players work cohesively together, cut well to the basket and do all the little things that are important to win games and have been building chemistry since the spring.

The Summer Wreckers proved the above Sunday with a convincing 77-63 victory over the DBA All-Stars at the DeSantis Basketball Academy Summer Basketball League at Christian Heritage School. Staples raised its record to 3-2.

"We're working hard and we're working on playing together in the offseason and we're working on repeating the success we had last year," said senior captain Mike Argosh, who is the lone returning starter from last year.

Argosh was an All-FCIAC Honorable Mention selection last year and anyone in the gym could easily surmise that he elevated his game as his 25 points and 12 rebounds would attest. He made his layups, was dangerous from outside and scored on putbacks and on the glass, he was quicker and stronger than his DBA counterparts.

"I just played hard and played to the best of my ability," Argosh said. "Everything fell into place. We played a good team game."

In addition to his scoring and rebounding, Argosh also had five assists, three steals, two blocked shots and three forced turnovers. He set up a couple layups off backdoor plays.

"It's a big part of our offense and we tried to get our timing down," Argosh said.

One player the captain fed on a backdoor play was junior Peter Rankowitz, who is the other returning mainstay in last winter's rotation. Rankowitz (16 points, five assists, three steals, three forced turnovers) scored on backdoor plays and set up Argosh, senior Patrick Kohlmann and junior Ross Whelan on those plays.

"The whole thing is about timing," Rankowitz said. "We have chemistry as a team and it made it a lot easier."

Rankowitz also found his outside shooting range.

`It's easy to get open shots when people move around and everything was falling," Rankowitz said.

On the glass, Rankowitz (eight rebounds) was a force as well.

"I was able to get rebounds and push the ball," Rankowitz said. "People running with me made it easy."

The final score is somewhat misleading as the Summer Wreckers controlled the game for the most part and were never threatened after taking the lead for good at 8-6 on junior James Frusciante's putback off the offensive glass. Staples build itself a 27-point lead, 61-34. The game got closer after the Summer Wreckers let up when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Frusciante (six points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two forced turnovers) displayed toughness for Staples while playing only a half. He had to leave at halftime because he went to Ridgefield to help the Westport Senior American Legion grab a 5-1 victory.

Kohlmann (13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one forced turnover) elevated his game from last year. He swished a 3-pointer, drove well to the basket and was solid defensively.

The lefty Whelan (eight points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two forced turnovers) hit a few layups and made his presence felt in the trenches.

Senior Mike Garrity (nine points, two rebounds, two assists, two forced turnovers) came off the bench and drained outside shots, including a trey. Classmate Isaac Stein (four rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots) also came off the bench and made his presence felt inside.