POCA, W.Va. -- Balance provides the key and hopefully production this season for the Poca boys basketball team.
The Dots graduated four seniors, including leading scorer Clinton Parsons and second-leading scorer George Hamrick, and will look to use a more well-rounded scoring attack this season. With three returning starters and a stockpile of reserves, Coach Allen Osborne said the balanced approach is pivotal.
"We lost about 50 percent of our offense, and we've got back three starters, and a host of guys who played a lot," Osborne said. "We think we're going to be more balanced scoring this year. A couple of guys can score and have really worked hard in the offseason and improved. We think there are going to be some guys that can score."
Last season, Parsons (first team All-Cardinal Conference) and Hamrick (second team) combined to average 24 points a contest, as the Dots finished 13-12 following a 67-36 loss to Tolsia in the Class AA Region 4 co-final.
Six-foot-2 junior Jake Payne represents the team's leading returning scorer (7 points/game) and rebounder. Junior point guard Cam Cottrill (5.5 points/game) and sophomore Noah Frampton (4.5 points/game) also return.
Beyond the three returning starters, the list of possible contributors stretches long.
Osborne said he's counting on valuable experience and time from four seniors: Cam Morrison, Adam Sigman, Hayden Bailey and Caleb Samples. Other potential playmakers include sophomore Matt Chandler and Christian Buckley, as well as Hayden Webb and Brandon Smith.
"We've got about eight, nine guys we can play and we're planning on playing, so we're planning on playing a lot of players," Osborne said. "They have different things they can do. We just have to get some experience and mesh. Hopefully, by the end of the season, we're playing pretty good."
In addition to scoring, Poca will need to find new ways to rebound without the size of forwards Parsons and Hamrick.
"We're going to have to do a good job blocking out," Osborne said. "We don't have a lot of size. We've only got a couple guys around 6-1, 6-2."