Boys Basketball Preview: Central returns three starters as team looks to improve
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Despite graduating four solid players last year, the outlook for the Rapid City Central boys basketball team looks promising this season as the Cobblers return several veteran players.
Central is coming off a disappointing 8-13 season. But the Cobblers just missed going to the state tournament last year after falling to Rapid City Stevens by one point in the SoDak 16.
This year, there are nine seniors on Central’s roster including three returning starters; Erik Koehane, Kohl Meisman and Micah Swallow.
“We’re not overly huge,” Central boys basketball coach TJ Hay said. “We don’t have 6’8″, 6’9″. But if you look at our roster, there’s five or six kids that are in that 6’5″ to 6’6″ range which we’ve never really have had. You mentioned Elijah (Williams) last year at 6’6″, basically our biggest guy. So we’re lot bigger. I think we’re a little more athletic than we were last year and we’re definitely deeper off the bench.”
With more experience this season, the Cobblers are hungry to make it back to the state tournament.
Coach Hay feels that defense will be key to his team’s success.
“This team has the capability of being a very good defensive team,” Coach Hay said. “Along with that you have to rebound. We always stress that but I think these kids are going to take it to heart. We’ve worked a ton of defense these last seven or eight days. I’m just hoping that we score enough points over the weekend because we have not spent a lot of time on the offensive end. But that’s how we do it every year.”
Rapid City Central actually tipped off the boys basketball season on Thursday afternoon in Gillette.
The Cobblers rolled over Evanston, Wyoming, 59-41.
Micah Swallow led the Cobblers with 14 points.
Meanwhile, Rapid City Central also kicked off the girls basketball season on Thursday in Gillette.
The Cobblers powered past Evanston by a score of 66-21.