CAMDEN — Despite losing three all-league players to graduation, first-year Preble Shawnee boys’ basketball coach Dale Spitler Jr. will be relying on three returning starters in hopes of improving on last season’s 12-11 record.
“Graduation hit us pretty good with the loss of Thomas Buell, a first-team all conference player and two honorable mention all conference players, Vince Bulach and Joby Williams,” Spitler Jr. said. “Those are not easy guys to replace, so it’s going to take a little time to figure things out but with some good senior leadership and a lot of returning players, including a good junior class, we hopefully can put a good competitive team together.
Returning starters for the Arrows are junior Levi Lewis, junior Joey Bates and senior Kevin Ketring.
Lewis is the top returning scorer at 10.8 points per game last season.
“We look for him to expand his offensive game and create plays for us. He has the ability to be one of the better scorers in our league,” Spitler Jr. said.
Bates averaged 7.7 points per game last season and is the top returning rebounder at 6.6 rebounds a contest.
“We look for him to add some inside toughness and a nice mid-range game for us,” Spitler Jr. said.
Ketring will man the point year.
“(He is) coming off a nice football season at QB (and) we look for him to bring that leadership and confidence with him,” Spitler Jr. said.
Other returning players are junior Austin Moore, junior Andrew Monnin, senior Jarrod Monnin and senior Lane Conway. 4)Key newcomers and a comment about each
Spitler Jr. will also be looking to get contributions from newcomers Chase Thompson, a junior, and freshman Samuel Agee.
The Arrows are scheduled to open the season with home game against Middletown Madison on Friday, Dec. 2. Shawnee is scheduled to play at Eaton on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
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