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Senior-heavy Knights purpose for improved 2023-24 season

KINGWOOD — Issues are trying up for the Preston boys basketball crew. A senior-laden group brings extra expertise to the courtroom for the 2023-24 season.

“I believe our largest power this yr is we can be extra skilled in all positions this yr,” stated second-year head coach Bucky Forbes. “I additionally suppose we may have a fairly deep unit this yr.”

The seniors on the crew embody Cordell Ayers, Brier Rugg, Dillon Taylor, Zach Ferrell, Jeese DeSantis and Chase Graham.

The Knights wish to construct upon final yr’s one-win marketing campaign. The upperclassmen have one other yr underneath their belt in a brand new system, which ought to result in extra enhancements on each ends of the courtroom.

“Defensively, we have to enhance and ensure all of our children know the place they’re presupposed to be,” Forbes stated. “I believe we’re quicker than final yr, plus we’re larger than a yr in the past.”

Forbes hopes to develop a stronger inside presence to get higher ends in rebounding and scoring within the paint.

“I felt we performed effectively at instances final yr however didn’t end down the stretch of video games,” he stated. 

Juniors on the Knights are Trey Vega, Kaden Bacthael, Tristian Smith and Arron White. Sophomores are Aydin Schmidl, Easton Hayes and Slayton Manko.

Preston held its annual silver and black scrimmage on Nov. 24 with greater than 300 followers in attendance. The crew will even scrimmage Keyser at house earlier than the season-opening recreation towards Riverside, a Kanawha County college, at house on Dec. 9. 

“We’re excited to see the place we go from right here,” Forbes stated. “I’ve a fantastic younger crew that’s working very arduous to get higher. We can be working to scrub issues we put in offensively and ensure our defensive rotations are right.”