November 29, 2001

Tigers Will Call Upon Experience, Added Depth During 2001-02 Basketball Season

What the Scotland County Tigers basketball team lacks in size, Head Coach Marc Colvin hopes it can make up in numbers. The second-year coach is counting on playing nine or 10 different players a night and is expecting his team's depth to help the squad improve on last season.

The Tigers will be returning all but one starter and will have a senior laden squad that should give the team plenty of experience.

Coach Colvin said his starting line up will feature returning starters Kirk Stott and Aarron Holt at the guards along with junior Chase Moore who will take over for Josh Holt who graduated.

Holt earned second team Tri-Rivers All Conference last season after leading the Tigers in scoring last year. Stott will return to handle the point guard duties. Moore saw time last season in the guard rotation and should give the team another threat from the perimeter. He also can handle the point duties giving the team some flexibility.

Logan Bogatzke will return as the starting power forward. The senior gives the team a good shooter in the post who can step out and knock down the jumper. Coach Colvin said he is looking for Bogatzke, the team's tallest player, to step up his play on defense and especially on the boards.

Senior Robbie Miller will join Bogatzke on the Tigers starting front line as the team's center replacing Jason Rockhold, last year's leading rebounder. Miller gives the team a banger in the post who Colvin praises for his hard work.

Brad Holt, the team's sixth man from last season is going to provide the team depth at both the guard and post positions. Sophomore Aaron Dale likely will be a key reserve in the post and Colvin stated he would not hesitate to start the young man once he gains some varsity experience. Senior Jason Glass and junior Michael Lodewegen will also give the team some added size in the post, meaning the team will have plenty of bodies to throw at their opponents.

The guard field is just as crowded as Colvin said Jake Fogle and Holt will see plenty of time in the rotation.

Colvin stated the biggest challenge for the team this season will be rebounding. With the depth and types of players he has, Colvin noted he would like to play an up tempo, fast breaking style but that will depend on the work the team can do on the glass.

While rebounding will be an issue, there doesn't appear to be any shortage of shooters as the Tigers will look to play as many as four guards on the perimeters at times to take advantage of the team's sharp shooters. A. Holt was one of the best three-point shooters in the league last season and Colvin said, Moore and Fogle can really knock down the perimeter shot as well. The three point shot is set up by the slashing play of point guards Stott and Buford who the team hopes to see getting to the basket more this year to help break down the defense.

The Tigers have their work cut out for them to move up in the conference standings after being blank last year. Reigning champions Brookfield returns league MVP Damon Collins as well as guard Wade Billington (2nd team all-conference) to the team that went 6-1.

North Shelby, Clark County and Milan finished in a three-way tie for second place with 5-2 marks. The Indians look to have the heads up on the rest of that group as they return junior Lance Boatman, the team's leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago along with guard Greg Nutter.

Milan too will have a strong returning cast led by first team performer Ryan Wright as well as all leaguer Jonathan McKenny.

The Raiders will have to replace Adam Gander and Seth Jackson and will look to junior Courtney Culler to pick up much of that load.

Schuyler County was 4-3 last season. The Rams lost three point bomber Jake Roberts but return a powerful team with Trevor Tallman, Seth Minter and Josh Lunquist, all all-league performers.

Putnam County finished 1-6 last year while Knox County was 2-5. Both teams eaked out wins over the Tigers and SCR-I will be looking for some revenge this season. The Midgets will be led by Ian Gilworth while Ladon Force will head the returning cast for the Eagles.

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