The Eastland boys basketball team is looking to improve on last year’s disappointing 3-14 overall record and 2-12 mark in District 8-3A.
But the Mavericks return their top two scorers among three returning starters and four returning lettermen for veteran coach Doug Galyean, who is beginning his 18th season as the Eastland boys basketball coach.
Cooper Wright, a 6’3” senior forward, was named first-team all-district a year ago as he led the Mavericks with 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Grady Galyean is back after an impressive freshman season. The 6’2” guard was the Mavericks’ second-leading scorer, third-leading rebounder and second on the team in assists.
The younger Galyean was voted second team all-district last year. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Hunter Lee, a 5’11” senior guard, was the team leader with 4.2 assists per game. He was also second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Eastland will try to make inroads in rugged District 8-3A, which saw district champion Brock reach the state semifinals, runner-up Peaster make it to the regional semifinals and third-place Dublin advance to the regional quarterfinals before losing to Peaster last year. Even fourth-place Comanche won its first-round playoff game before losing in the area round.