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2020-21 Cambridge Springs Boys’ Basketball Preview Powered by Potter County Family Campground

Trent Wheeler. Photo by Jeff Parkin.

Cambridge Springs Blue Devils

Head coach: Becky Leandro

2019-20 Record: 21-5

Playoffs: Beat Wilmington in D-10 Class 2A quarterfinal, 50-43; Lost to Lakeview in D-10 Class 2A semifinal, 56-37; Beat Youngsville in D-10 Class 2A Third-Place game, 78-43; Lost to Portage Area in First Round of PIAA Class 2A Playoffs, 67-63.

Top returning players: Trent Wheeler F (First Team All Region 2019-2020, 11.4 ppg.) Jayden Shinsky, F (6.8 ppg.)

Top players lost: We lost seven seniors from last season. Each one was pivotal in our undefeated region campaign/championship run. I had a rotation of 10 players and had an amazing bench. Starters rotated on any given night.

SENIORS LOST TO GRADUATION:

6’4″ (Shooting Guard) Lance Welker (1st Team All Region)

6′ 2″ (Point Guard) Matt Andrews (2nd Team All Region)

6’2″ (Guard) CJ Leandro

6’1″ (Forward) Zach Kingsley

6’2″ (Small Forward) Alec Bidwell

Jared Taylor

Dylan Luktisch

Key newcomers: Players that did not see much time last year (due to the unique team circumstances) but on any other team would have either started or gotten large minutes:

SENIORS:

(Guard) Asa Henderson-very quick and will be used as a defensive specialist

(Guard) Zane Smith-shots the “3” very well

JUNIOR:

(Guard) Hunter Spaid-will take on the point spot this year from wing last season

SOPHOMORES:

(Guard) Ethan Counasse-decent ball skills and long-range shooter

(Guard) Josh Reisenauer-solid ball skills/driving skills and can score

FRESHMAN:

6’4″ (Forward) Parker Schmidt-quick and has natural ball skills (but green)

Keys to the season: Play Smart!

-Stay out of foul trouble with unnecessary/brainless play.

-Take advantage of mismatches with our big guys.

– Mix up defenses/confuse opponents (man/zone changes based on time/score situation-automatic).

– Work inside early to open-up our outside shooters.

Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: We have met through zoom meetings twice a week. Each meeting a different focus of discussion or skill to make us a better/tighter ball team. Each player has been given a workout list to do daily to maintain adequate conditioning/stamina. The team created a holiday video (fun/nice way to put the team together without actually getting together physically).

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