2015-16 Badger Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Badger Braves’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Chris Mott, 7th season (39-95)
Record: 8-16 (4-12), 6th place in NAC Stars
5-Year Winning Percentage: 31.4%

Season in Review
Badger opened the year with wins in three of their first four games before hitting a four-game skid at the end of December.

The Braves closed out the 2014-15 season by winning a post-season matchup for the first time since 2011. Last March, Badger advanced to the Orwell Sectional Final by defeating Ashtabula St. John, 48-40, before being eliminated by eventual District Champ JFK (87-38).

Key Losses
Joe Gorospe (7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg)
Hunter Hall (7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Clay Miller (6.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Daniel Shuttleworth (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 49.2
Scoring Defense: 53.0
Rebounding: 25.3
Field Goal Percentage: 34.8%
Three Point Percentage: 31.4%
Free Throw Percentage: 65.5%
Turnovers: 19.0

Key Returnees
With the return of Garrett Kellogg and Joe Mott, the Braves will look to climb the ladder in the Stars Division. “The inexperience at the varsity level is a concern,” says coach Chris Mott. “The work ethic and leadership will lead (the team) into an exciting (season) for the Braves.”

A key component will be 6’3 senior forward Garrett Kellogg, who averaged 12.5 points and hauled down 4.2 rebounds as a junior. His classmate, Joe Mott also returns after lettering last winter.

Austin Hopkins (5’9/Sr)
David Hunkus (5’4/Sr)
Garrett Kellogg (6’3/Sr)
Joe Mott (6’0/Sr)
Cody Reeher (5’6/Sr)
Joe Sneizik (5’9/Sr)
Bobby Myers (5’9/So)
Logan Popovich (5’7/So)
Keith Barto (6’1/Fr)
Jacob Eucker (5’8/Fr)
Aiden Miller (6’0/Fr)

Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Outlook
Badger Badger has finished with 14 losses or more in each of the past four seasons.

Grand Valley The Mustangs have endured through three consecutive losing seasons. Grand Valley is hoping to achieve some consistency which could bring them back into contention.

Maplewood The Rockets have completed back-to-back seasons with 20 wins. Maplewood lost a lot last year (Nate Spitler, Dan Denman, Derek Morrison) but appear to have a stable of young, bruising players in the likes of Jake Hall and Zach Dawson.

Mathews Mathews saw an increase in their win total by five victories (10 to 15) last winter. Could we see another increase this year?

Pymatuning Valley Uncharacteristically, Py Valley finished the 2014-15 season with a losing record (11-12). This year should be much different.

Windham You have to think last year’s sub-500 record was just a mirage – the team has played in the Final Four three times in school history.

2015-16 Schedule
Dec. 4 – Mathews, 7:15
Dec. 8 – at Bloomfield, 7:15
Dec. 11 – at Pymatuning Valley, 7:15
Dec. 15 – at Southington, 7:15
Dec. 18 – Maplewood, 7:15
Dec. 22 – Grand Valley, 7:15
Dec. 23 – Ashtabula St. John, 7:15
Dec. 30 – Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Jan. 2 – Heartland Christian, 7
Jan. 5 – at Lordstown, 7:15
Jan. 8 – at Windham, 7:15
Jan. 12 – Bloomfield, 6
Jan. 15 – at Mathews, 7:15
Jan. 19 – at Bristol, 7:15
Jan. 22 – Pymatuning Valley, 7:15
Jan. 29 – at Maplewood, 7:15
Feb. 2 – at Newbury, 6:45
Feb. 5 – at Grand Valley, 7:15
Feb. 9 – at Conneaut, 7:15
Feb. 12 – Windham, 7:15
Feb. 16 – Southington, 7:15
Feb. 19 – NAC Tournament

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 1 (1981)
…Badger last won a Sectional Championship in 2005, when they were in the Division III Hubbard District. The Braves edged Grand Valley (57-56) in overtime on February 25, 2005.

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