Richland Northeast is facing a major rebuilding project this season. The Cavaliers welcome back just one starter and two varsity regulars from a team that 16-10 and finished in second place in Region 5-4A.
“Youth and inexperience could present some problems early, but we have a talented young group that will be exciting to watch grow over the next couple of seasons,” said coach Jason Powell.
Seniors Jarred Guest and Donald Tention are the veteran building blocks. Guest, a 6-5 forward/center, averaged 6.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on his way to all-region honors a year ago. Tention get his chance to start in the backcourt after serving in a reserve role last season.
Travis Hammonds, a 6-3 sophomore guard/forward, is a young player to watch, said Powell.
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The Cavaliers open the season on Dec. 1 at home against Blythewood.
Powell expects another hotly contested race for the region championship and playoff berths.
“Although I don’t think there is a standout, top team in the state in our region, I do believe it is hands down the toughest in the state from top to bottom,” he said.
“Any team can beat the other one on any given night and any team in our region can compete with the top 4A teams in the state on any given night.”