2015-16 Southington Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Southington Wildcats’ Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Michael Karr, 14th season at Southington (166-124)
Record: 16-8 (10-5), 3rd place in NAC Stripes

Season in Review
Southington won their first playoff game since 2009 by defeating Windham (59-40) in the Sectional Semifinal. The team achieved 16 wins with mostly an underclassman roster. Justin Len, one of the two seniors, played in all 24 games – averaging 4.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Eric Wilson and Tommy Hall are both reaching the 1,000-point plateau. Hall led the Wildcats in three-point shooting with 37.3% (28-75) as Wilson finished second with his 36.7% shooting (18-49). With four players on the team who shot 32% or higher from long distance, Southington attempted 25.1% of their shots from the floor from beyond the arc. The defense was able to force 21 turnovers a game and held the opposition to just a shooting percentage of 35.0% (447-1276).

Key Losses
Matt Hohman (4.4 ppg)
Justin Len (4.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 61.2
Scoring Defense: 52.5
Rebounding: 33.8
Field Goal Percentage: 41.5%
Three Point Percentage: 34.5%
Free Throw Percentage: 58.8%
Turnovers: 15.3

Key Returnees
Expectations are high at Chalker High School this winter says coach Michael Karr. “We are looking forward to an exciting year. We lost only two seniors from last year and we’re returning four starters and seven letter winners.” The Wildcats will feature plenty of experience and a nice mix of size and speed. Tommy Hall, a 6’4 guard, is a four year starter who led the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) as a junior. Austin Karr (7.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg), a 6’5 power forward, and Alex Hickey (2.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), a 6’6 center, are two solid players to combat against inside. Fourth-year starting point guard Eric Wilson (12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg) returns also. “Eric plays the game at a very high intensity level from start to finish,” indicates Karr. “(He) can score from anywhere on the floor.” Southington’s shooting guard Josh Barker (5.7 ppg) has developed into a solid three-point threat (34.3%, 37-108). Senior combo guard Travis Lehman (7.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) also will be welcomed back to the fold after completing three years on the varsity team last year.

Tommy Hall (Sr./G)
Alex Hickey (Sr./C)
Austin Karr (Sr./F)
Travis Lehman (Sr./G)
Eric Wilson (Sr./G)
Josh Barker (Jr./G)
Justin Sherwood (Jr./G)

Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Outlook
Bloomfield The Cardinals last winning season was in 2009-10 (16-6). Can they start to make some momentum towards that mark again this season?

Bristol Alex Jones was an absolute monster last year registering 15.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. He’s joined by a nice collection of upper classmen who have experience. The Panthers will be solid once again.

Lordstown The Red Devils have put together back-to-back 13 win seasons in a row. Can they make the leap into the championship discussion?

Newbury In their second season in the NAC, the Black Knights will attempt to improve upon last year’s 7-15 mark.

Southington Tommy Hall, Eric Wilson, Travis Lehman and Austin Karr headline a talented group which coach Michael Karr has every right to be excited about.

2015-16 Schedule
Dec. 4 – at Warren JFK, 7
Dec. 8 – at Newton Falls, 7
Dec. 11 – at Bloomfield, 7:30
Dec. 15 – Badger, 7:15
Dec. 18 – at Bristol, 7:30
Dec. 22 – Newbury, 7:30
Dec. 29 – Berkshire Tournament, 6
Dec. 30 – Berkshire Tournament, 6
Jan. 5 – Grand Valley, 7:30
Jan. 8 – at Lordstown, 7:30
Jan. 12 – at Mathews, 7:30
Jan. 16 – Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Jan. 19 – Windham, 7:30
Jan. 22 – Bloomfield, 7:30
Jan. 23 – at Garrettsville Garfield, 7:30
Jan. 26 – at Pymatuning Valley, 7:30
Jan. 29 – Bristol, 7:30
Feb. 2 – Maplewood, 7:30
Feb. 5 – at Newbury, 7:30
Feb. 12 – Lordstown, 7:30
Feb. 16 – at Badger, 7:15

Post-Season History
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
…Since the Wildcats advanced to the Warren District Final in 2009, they’ve compiled a 1-8 record in the post-season.

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