THE BRONX - As the 30th annual Empire State Games get underway, New York City men?s scholastic basketball coach Tom Fraher looks to lead his team to its third consecutive championship.

This is Fraher?s fourth year on the bench for the scholastic squad. He is also a coach at Mount Saint Michael in the Bronx.

The coach says his team is as deep and as skilled as his previous successful squads.

Fraher?s team opens against Western New York and looks to compete for the gold in Sunday?s championship game.