2015-16 Mathews Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Mathews Mustangs’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Mark Mollohan, 2nd season at Mathews (14-8)
Record: 14-8 (10-6), 2nd place in NAC Stars
5-Year Winning Percentage: 50.0%

Season in Review
For only the second time in the last five years, the Mustangs finished the campaign with an above 500 record at 14-8. Under first-year head coach Mark Mollohan, Mathews defeated the lower half of the division (Grand Valley, Badger, Windham) in each of the six contests by an average margin of 12 points (59-47). However against the top team in the Stars Division – Maplewood – the Mustangs were defeated in each of their three matchups by an average of 63-47. Mathews was handed a 62-50 setback by the Rockets in the Orwell Sectional Final.

Key Losses
David Gollan
Mike Kennedy
Cobie Pratt
Corey Savric
Tom Sharp

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 57.7
Scoring Defense: 52.4

Key Returnees
Second-year coach Mark Mollohan likes what he sees out of his group so far. “We have a nice mix of returning lettermen coming off of a 14-win season and newcomers coming off of a 17-win JV season. We’ll have some size, depth and overall athleticism that will be an advantage over last year.”

Clay O’Dell turned in a first-team All-NAC season last year by averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per game. Bryan Oatridge was the three-point champ at the Bubba Classic in Warren. He finished with a 10 point per contest average and shot 40% from three-point land.

Logan Culp (6’2/Sr.)
Chris McVicker (5’10/Sr.)
Jordan Brown (5’7/Jr.)
Mitchell Goff (5’10/Jr.)
Jordan Hefner (5’10/Jr.)
Bryan Oatridge (6’2/Sr.)
Clay O’Dell (6’3/Jr.)
Kenny Wallace (5’6/Jr.)
Tanner Hunt (5’10/So.)
Tyler Koeppen (6’5/So.)
Sean McDivitt (5’10/So.)

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 14) 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 – at Badger, 7:30
Dec. 8 – at Conneaut, 7:30
Dec. 11 – at Grand Valley, 7:30
Dec. 15 – at Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Dec. 18 – Windham, 7:30
Dec. 22 – Maplewood, 7:30
Dec. 30 – at St. John, 7:30
Jan. 5 – at Bristol, 7:30
Jan. 8 – Pymatuning Valley, 7:30
Jan. 12 – Southington, 7:30
Jan. 15 – Badger, 7:30
Jan. 16 – at Jackson-Milton, 7:30
Jan. 19 – at Bloomfield, 6
Jan. 22 – Grand Valley, 7:30
Jan. 26 – Lordstown, 7:30
Jan. 29 – at Windham, 7:30
Feb. 3 – Champion, 7:30
Feb. 5 – at Maplewood, 7:30
Feb. 9 – Heartland Christian, 7
Feb. 12 – at Pymatuning Valley, 7:30
Feb. 16 – Newbury, 7:30
Feb. 19 – NAC Tournament, 7:30

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 1 (1955)*
…The Mustangs were eliminated in each of the past two seasons by Maplewood in the Sectional Final. The last time Mathews advanced to the Districts was in 2012.
*-Vienna High School

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