The veteran Eau Claire boys basketball team is off to a 1-2 start under second-year coach Lamont Britt. The Shamrocks fell to 3A Dreher and 4A Sunter during the first week of the season, beating city rival C.A. Johnson in between.
Britt has high expectations for a team that returns six key contributors from a 13-10 team that finished in second place behind Keenan in conference play and went 1-1 in the state playoffs a year ago.
“Our team is looking to build on their success from last year, when we felt we were doing fine given the placement of a new coach and a new system of playing basketball,: said Britt.
“Our overall season outlook is simple: we want to be in the running for a state championship title. If we take care of the games in front of us, then hopefully we will be in contention with so many other great teams in the Upper State.”
Adolph Caldwell and Wayne Henderson, who were all-region picks last season, are the top returning players. Marquis Lykes, Ronnie Green, Dontell Riley and Marquis Jones are the other veteran hands on the roster.
Caldwell averaged 11 points a game last season, while Riley averaged 10 points and six rebounds.
Newcomers Javon James, Jamison Reed and Richard James could have big roles, as well.
“If our players continue to focus, work and have fun playing basketball, everything else will take care of itself,” said Britt.