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