2015-16 Mercer Boys’ Basketball Preview

2015-16 Mercer Mustangs’ Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Dustin Snyder, 1st season
Record: 8-14 (4-8) 6th place in Region 2
5-Year Winning Percentage: 34.2%

Season in Review
The Mustangs, led by Doug Schmid, opened the season with a 0-4 mark, losing a pair of games by 6 points or less. However, Mercer won 8 of their next 14 games before dropping their last four to fall to 8-14 overall. Eight of their fourteen losses were by single digits. To begin the season, Jake Schmid scored 11 points or more in his first 13 of 14 games, which included two wins which saw Schmid sink 4 three-pointers (vs. Cochranton & vs. Maplewood). Logan Clarke scored in double figures in 17 outings a year ago (2 double-doubles). John Scheidhauer scored 20-points or more twice while posting three double digit rebounding performances throughout the season.

2014-15 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 47.0
Rebounding: 22.7
Field Goal Percentage: 39.4%
Three-Point Percentage: 27.1%
Free Throw Percentage: 59.4%
Turnovers: 11.3

2014-15 District 10 Region 2 Standings
League Record
West Middlesex – 12-0
Reynolds – 9-3
Greenville – 7-5
Lakeview – 5-7
Wilmington – 5-7
Mercer – 4-8
Sharpsville – 0-12

Key Losses
Logan Clarke (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.6 apg)
John Scheidhauer (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

Key Returnees
The new coaching staff, led by Dustin Snyder, is high on what they have returning which includes leading scorer Jake Schmid. Number 3 averaged 14.1 points and shot 77.9% from the free throw line. Alex VanWoert (2.5 ppg) and Brock Watson (3.7 ppg) will also be asked to step into more significant roles this winter along with junior Kyle Ricketts.

Jake Schmid (6’1/Sr)
Kyle Ricketts (Jr)
Alex VanWoert (6’2/Jr)
Brock Watson (6-0/Jr)

2015-16 Schedule
Dec. 4 – Mercer Tip-Off Tournament, 6
Dec. 5 – Mercer Tip-Off Tournament, 6
Dec. 9 – Kennedy Catholic, 7:30
Dec. 11 – at Wilmington, 7:30
Dec. 14 – Cochranton, 7:30
Dec. 16 – Sharpsville, 7:30
Dec. 18 – Greenville, 7:30
Dec. 21 – at Cambridge Springs, 7
Dec. 29 – Northwestern Christmas Tournament, TBA
Dec. 30 – Northwestern Christmas Tournament, TBA
Jan. 5 – Vision Quest, 7:30
Jan. 6 – at Shenango, 7:30
Jan. 9 – Rocky Grove, 7:30
Jan. 12 – Reynolds, 7:30
Jan. 15 – at Lakeview, 7:30
Jan. 19 – at West Middlesex, 7:30
Jan. 21 – Wilmington, 7:30
Jan. 26 – at Sharpsville, 7:30
Jan. 29 – at Greenville, 7:30
Feb. 5 – at Reynolds, 7
Feb. 9 – Lakeview, 7:30
Feb. 12 – West Middlesex, 7:30

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