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Flannigan, team depth will be key for Bearcats

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(Photo)
Members of the Dexter Bearcats are, front row, from left: Jordan Fitts, Logan Robey, Chase Young, Josh Sifford, Bryn Hester, Jake Cox; (back row) Tyler Miller, Brandon Moore, Alan Flannigan, Jacob Bollinger and Jake Lee.
(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
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DEXTER -- The Dexter boys basketball team is hoping depth can help them survive a tough early stretch of games, made ever more difficult by a late start to practice due to the Bearcat football team's playoff run.

One reason for the Bearcats to be optimistic is the return of Alan Flannigan. The 6-7 senior recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Lafayette College after scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds per game last season for the 15-12 Bearcats.

Also returning is 6-3 senior Taylor Jarrell who will miss the beginning of the season with an injury suffered in football and 5-11 senior Bryn Hester who came off the bench for Dexter last season.

"We're hoping those guys can step up and lead these guys a little bit," said coach Rob Nichols. "Jacob Bollinger (6-2, sr.) is returning and he was out with an injury last year and looked real good this summer and was able to score some. We've got others that saw a little time last year but they played this summer and hopefully they'll be able to step up and fill those roles of the guys that left."

"If we can get past some of the injuries we have right now it should be one of our deeper teams. Depth could be our strength if guys will accept rolls. Sometimes depth can be a problem if guys won't accept those rolls."

Depth will help the Bearcats overcome the lack of practice time for a majority of the team that was part of the state quarterfinal football squad. But Nichols doesn't think that will be a factor as the season progresses.

"We aren't as far along offensively as we usually are at this time," Nichols said. "It's a long season and we have plenty of time. It will get worked out and we'll be ready to go."

The Bearcats will once again face a daunting early schedule, with Charleston, Sikeston and the SEMO Tournament occupying the first two weeks.

"We can't use that as an excuse to not do well," Nichols said. "That's who we play and who we should be playing, so they've got to go out and expect to win and do the best they can. If you go out and have a better attitude about it then maybe your results will be better."

N.30Charleston, 6 p.m.
D.3at Sikeston, 6 p.m.
D.6-10SEMO Tourney, TBA
D.14Jackson, 6 p.m.
D.17Richland, 6 p.m.
D.21Scott City, 6 p.m.
D.27-30Christmas Tourney, TBA
J.6at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
J.7Woodland, 6 p.m.
J.11Bloomfield, 6 p.m.
J.14at Bernie, 6 p.m.
J.18Puxico, 6 p.m.
J.21at NMCC, 6 p.m.
J.24-28SCAA Tourney, TBA
F.4at Advance, 6 p.m.
F.8at Bell City, 6 p.m.
F.11Kennett, 6 p.m.
F.15at Poplar Bluff, 6 p.m.
F.18at Cape Central, 6 p.m.
F.21-25District Tourney, TBA