The Coleman boys basketball team returns two starters and six lettermen from last year’s squad that finished 14-9 overall and took runner-up to Winters in District 8-2A. The Bluecats believe they can make a run at a district title and a deeper playoff run this season after losing 48-35 to Eldorado in the bi-district round a year ago.
“This year’s team is bigger and more physical with good shooting and ball handling,” said Cameron Lowman, who is beginning his fourth season as the head coach at Coleman. “Our team’s strength will be our athleticism and getting up and down the floor.”
Braxton Smith, a 5’9” junior guard, is the Blucats’ top returning scorer, averaging 12.3 points and 2.3 assists per game.
“Braxton is an excellent ball handler, a great shooter and has good hands defensively,” Lowman stated.
Smith will be joined in the backcourt by 5’10” senior guard Devinar Roberson.
“Devinar is a good ball handler, one of the best athletes around,” Lowman added.
Ryland Gentry, a 6’2” junior forward averaged a team-high 4.9 rebounds per game last season.
Also expected to be key contributors for the Bluecats this year will be 6’1” senior guard/forward Adam Mason and 6’3” sophomore forward Hunter Lackey.
Lowman’s biggest concern is his teams inside scoring.