5 KEY FACTS: RC Central boys basketball team looking to improve this season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last season was a rough one for the Rapid City Central boys basketball squad.

But the Cobblers are eager to move on and turn things around this year.


1. Rapid City Central hopes to return to the playoffs this season.

The Cobblers finished 4-16 last year and missed the playoffs by one spot.

So this season, Central hopes to once again qualify for the SoDak 16 with a chance to get back to the State AA tournament.


2. The Cobblers will have a few new faces in the lineup this season.

Central lost four seniors to graduation.

But since the Cobblers were young last year, they return a core group of players who have a lot of varsity experience.

Plus, the Cobblers also have Shun-Zi White Woman back after he spent most of last season injured.    

“We got both our point guards are back,” said Central head boys basketball coach TJ Hay. “Jet Janvrin was a sophomore last year. Junior this year. Jon Suarez is a senior. We’ve got a lot of guys that were around and got a lot of minutes varsity wise. Isaiah Whiting got some time. We’re just hoping that will carry over. We’re still going to kind of be a young team. But at least they’ve had some varsity experience.”

3. Last year, the Cobblers struggled to score at times.

The Rapid City Central boys basketball team scored 46 points per game last season.

But the Cobblers defense allowed 62 points per contest.

4. Coach Hay feels his team has grown tremendously over the last year.

The Central Cobblers will still be a young team this season.

But the team has improved in several areas since last year.

Coach Hay says he’d like to see his team improve on the defensive end of the court.

“You know we don’t have 10 guys that are going to stand outside the three-point line and bomb away three’s,” said Hay. “But I think we have a chance to be really good defensively and we’re going to try to get stuff in transition and get some easy baskets. Get our posts involved in the offense a little bit more than we did last year. I think this team has the makings to have a good chance to be good.”


5. The Central boys basketball team opens the season on the road.

Rapid City Central opens the boys basketball season on Friday, Dec. 9 at Aberdeen Central followed by a game against Pierre on Saturday.

The Cobblers home opener is Dec. 16 against the Huron Tigers.

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