The Bridgeton High School boys basketball team must replace a lot of talent this season.
The Bulldogs relied on several seniors to contribute across the floor last year, when they reached the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals. They'll have to fit young players into those spots.
Dontae Stubbs finished second in scoring in the Cape-Atlantic League with 18.1 points per game. Karma Segers averaged 12.3 points. Jeff Stevenson averaged 5.3 rebounds and blocked 49 shots. Damien McClough had 2.5 steals per game and 3.9 assists per game.
Bridgeton surprised in the postseason, upsetting host Pleasantville 65-55 in a first-round game. It was a team with no stars that worked extremely well together.
It will be tough for the Bulldogs to replace that chemistry.
"We don't have nearly the experience we had last year," coach Osco Williams said.
Williams said the key players for this season aren't clear yet, but that Bridgeton will rely on mostly freshmen and sophomores. Many players who will see considerable time this season played maybe five minutes per game last season.
Still, team speed will help. The playoffs are not out of reach. Bridgeton will focus on improving and building a competitive team.
"I just hope we get better every game," Williams said.
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League: Cape-Atlantic League National
Group: South Jersey Group II
Coach: Osco Williams (94-105, eight seasons)
Last season's record: 13-15
2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding - the Bulldogs will start from scratch after graduating every key player from a year ago.
Key returnees: Stefon Bowman, So., 5-5, G; Craig Singleton, Jr., 5-6, G; Ty'trel Stubbs, So., 5-4, G; Nazir Williams, So., 5-2, F.
7 p.m. Friday at Middle Township
6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Oakcrest
6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kingsway
1 p.m. Feb. 16 at Woodbury