The Fayette boys basketball team posted a solid 15-9 record a season ago, and returns their two leading scorers from that squad in 2018-19.
“We need to value our possessions and play solid defense every night,” said Fayette coach Todd Mitchell. “If we control what’s in our control, like attitude and effort, we will be very competitive.”
Notable returnees for the Eagles include guards Trey Keefer (first team All-Buckeye Border Conference, second team District 7) and Clayton Pheils (second team All-BBC, honorable mention District 7). Keefer averaged 13 points per game and four rebounds per game last season, while Pheils averaged just over 10 points per game.
“We will rely on solid guard play,” said Mitchell of his team’s strengths. “Our quickness will be one of our strengths. We return three starters and four others that saw meaningful varsity minutes from last year. We are looking to have a balanced offensive attack this season.”
Also back are Tanner Lemley (4.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Noah Brinegar (4 ppg), Porter Maginn and Caden Colegrove. Newcomers for the Eagles are Jaxsen Wentz, Jose Aguilar and Jermaine Livingston.
However, they will have to replace the production left behind by the departure of three letter winners. Gone from the squad are Karrsen Schaffner (honorable mention All-BBC), Travis Wagner, and Grant Reinking.
Those departures leave some holes in their lineup. “We don’t have a lot of size so our post defense and rebounding will require a great team effort,” explained Mitchell.
The Eagles hope to improve their win total from a season ago. Last year they were 9-4 in BBC play.
“Playing everyone twice in the league always makes for some good games,” said Mitchell of the league. “Every team is familiar with each other so you must come focused and ready to play every night. Pettisvile and Stryker will be the favorites but the league should be very competitive this year.”
Fayette hosts Antwerp tonight to begin the season.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010