Boys Basketball: New faces will be key for Rapid City Central

Elijah Williams is the lone returning starter

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Central boys basketball team is coming off one of its best seasons in years.

The Cobblers won 18 games last year and finished fourth at the State ‘AA’ Basketball Tournament. But the team will look a lot different this season.

Central will have to replace 92 percent of its scoring after losing 11 seniors to graduation including the team’s top two scorers, Dylan Hay and Kailleb Walton-Blanden.

The Cobblers only return starter from last year’s team in senior Elijah Williams. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 7.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season.

However, Head Coach TJ Hay feels he has other players ready to step up and play a larger role this year.

“We’re going to put a lot of weight on Elijah’s shoulders,” Hay said. “He’s going to have to be a little bit different player than he was last year. But the nice thing is, we have other guys around him that really just didn’t have the chance last year because of all of our seniors. I’m sure the first few games, we’re going to have some growing pains. No doubt about it. But I like the group we got and they’ve been working hard and really striving to get better every day.” 

Rapid City Central will compete at the Camel Tournament in Gillette, Wyoming from Decc 6-8.

The Cobblers home opener is Dec. 29 against Dickinson, North Dakota.

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