Rapid City Central boys basketball team in rebuilding mode

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The high school basketball season is set to tip off and area teams are ready to build on last year’s successes or, in some cases, start the season off with more questions than answers.

The Rapid City Central boys basketball team finished 11-9 last season and just fell short of qualifying for the state tournament.

The Cobblers lost to Aberdeen Central by five points in the SoDak 16.

However, Central basically graduated most of their scoring with the loss of Kohl Meisman, as well as, Micah and Julian Swallow.

In fact, it’s a rebuilding period for Central coach TJ Hay who has to replace nine seniors overall.

“We have one junior that got some playing time and unfortunately, he’s going to be out until January,” said TJ Hay. “Hopefully January, maybe February. He crashed on a motorcycle and hurt his wrist. So we’ve got a lot of guys that have never played at the varsity level that are going to be competing for playing time.”       

The Cobblers will rely on the six seniors on the team.

But growing pains are inevitable for the inexperienced Central squad.

However, coach Hay believes the Cobblers may surprise several teams this season.

“We have five positions that I think we can be solid at all five offensively and defensively,” said Hay. “And I think we’ll have subs come off the bench that can get things done for them. That’s why I said, we’re going to have to grow up quickly and there’s a huge learning curve that we’re taking on right now. Like I said, half of these guys or more than half didn’t practice with the varsity last year.”

Central opens the boys basketball season at home on Dec. 10 against Aberdeen Central in a rematch of their SoDak 16 game.

Then the Cobblers will host Pierre on Dec. 11.



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