City League Boys Basketball Preview

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Team to beat

Perry: The Commodores return, perhaps, the top individual talent in the City in 6-5 senior forward Vaughn Morgan, who scored 16.5 points per game last season. But they have more than Morgan -- the senior guard tandem of Raymont Tench (10 ppg) and Andrew Forse (8 ppg) will control the backcourt.

Contenders

Brashear: Big man John Wetzel -- at 6-6, 285-pounds -- can control the low block and will be the biggest factor in deciding if the Bulls can get back to the City League title game.

Oliver: Coach Carey White's Bears return all five starters and also have a deep bench. Oliver will rotate as many as 10 players into the lineup. The only weakness might be height. At just 6-3, Anthony Roberts is the Bears' tallest player.

Allderdice: With four starters back from last season, the Dragons should be in the hunt. Seniors Will Clarke (11 ppg), at 6-6, and Deion Nesbitt, at 6-5, will be the crux of the interior game and guard Brandon McClester (13 ppg) will control the perimeter.

Carrick: With senior guard Bruce Thornton (18.6 ppg) leading the charge, the Raiders could even be better than last year's 17-9 team.

Schenley: With Deandre Kane now gone, look for 6-0 senior swingman Embry Williams to pick up a large chunk of the scoring .

The others

Peabody: The Highlanders' 9-15 record last season included a stretch when they lost six of their final seven games. Senior forward Mike Peays (8.6 ppg, 7 rpg) is looking to turn things around.

Langley: The Mustangs dropped their first five games last season and never fully recovered, sliding to a 5-17 mark.

Westinghouse: The Bulldogs have nowhere to go but up. They didn't win a City League game last season, went 3-19 overall and didn't earn a victory after Dec. 10, ending with a 17-game losing streak.



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