IMAGE / Raydoffa Braziel

Junior Jace Chapman and the basketball team will look to grow this season.

Boys basketball is optimistic

Boys basketball opens its season Tuesday, Dec. 10, hosting Lake Fenton at 7 p.m.

The team — led by senior Gequez Pano and juniors Jace Chapman and Braylon Silvas — anticipates a successful season.

Pano is hopeful for the season. As Pano is a senior, it will be his last high school season.

“It’s exciting but also kind of shocking to think that this is my last year playing high school basketball,” Pano said. “I am thankful (to have) played four years on varsity and I’m looking forward to a good last season.”

Defense will be the team’s X-factor, according to Pano.

“Our transition defense will probably be our biggest strength but we do expect a few new players moving up to varsity,” Pano said. “I think that will make it a little difficult (to combine) their styles of play with how we play.”

Chapman agrees with Pano and believes the team will have to use its strong defense to its advantage.

“Our strengths will probably be defense and running the floor,” Chapman said. “Our weakness is probably our lack of shooters. I feel like we should do good. We have a lot of returners.”

Boys Basketball at a Glance

     Key Returners

  • Gequez Pano, senior
  • Jace Chapman, junior
  • Braylon Silvas, junior

     Key Losses

  • Saif Dawan, graduate
  • Trevor Shaheen, graduate

     Anticipated Strengths

  • Defense
  • Endurance

     Anticipated Weaknesses

  • Inexperience

     2018-2019 Record

  • Overall: 13-8

     Projected Top 3 League Teams

  • Linden
  • Clio
  • Brandon

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