Boys Basketball: Raiders look to replace top two scorers

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The Rapid City Stevens boys basketball team will have plenty of new faces this season. The Raiders only return one starter from last year's team that went 18-6 and finished fifth in the state tournament.

The big question mark for Stevens this year is how will the Raiders replace their top two scorers.

Mason Archambault paced the Raiders with 18 points per game last season, while Jacob Martin averaged 14 points per contest.

Head coach Chris Stoebner says this year's team will be well-balanced.

"I think those guys accepted their roles last year where they were going to be the rebounders," Stevens boys basketball coach Chris Stoebner said. "Do some of the dirty work. Now this year, they could of scored. But now this year, they're going to be asked to do that. Like I said, I think we have multiple guys that can score some points. But not only that, they can really pass the ball. These guys love playing with each other. They're very unselfish. So I think that's obviously going to be fun to watch and really fun to coach."

Stevens opens the season on Friday, December 8th at home against the state defending champion Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights.

Then the Raiders entertain Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Saturday.

"You always have to remind yourself its early as a coach," Stoebner said. "But with the Sweet 16, game one is as important as game 20 anymore, as far as, the seed points go. So we're going to have to come ready to play obviously. Playing the defending champs. Then Roosevelt's going to be much better. So it will be a great measuring stick for us. It's not by any means make or break weekend for us. But we also want to figure out where we're at."


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