The Albany boys’ basketball team could be poised for another playoff run if a number of underclassmen can step up.
“We are more experienced,” admitted Albany coach Ryder Peacock, who is entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Lions. He said the strength of this year’s team is its athleticism.
Albany, which lost only two lettermen from last year’s team, returns four starters and six lettermen from a squad that finished 11-7 overall and was the runner-up to regional finalist Cisco in District 8-2A with a 9-3 mark. The Lions won a two-point thriller over Petrolia in the bi-district round of the Class 2A playoffs but lost 75-46 to eventual state semifinalist Lipan in the area round a year ago.
Leading the way for Albany will be 6’2” junior forward Cole Chapman and 6’1” junior guard Coy Lefevre. Chapman is the team’s top returning scorer after averaging 12 points per game last year. Lefevre averaged a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game.
London Fuentes, a 5’10” junior guard, will run the Albany offense. He averaged 2.5 assists per game a year ago.
Peacock is also counting on significant contributions from 5’10” senior guard Luke Ivy and 6’1” sophomore forward Adam Hill.