The Oakcrest High School boys basketball team may have some rebuilding to do this year, but that isn't going to stop the Falcons from "winning everything," as senior captain Isaiah Price put it.
The team lost two of its top scorers in Avery Walker and Josh Wade, who helped the Falcons to the South Jersey Group III quarterfinals last season.
Oakcrest returns just two starters, Price and junior forward Jordan Brooks.
Despite being young, the team has size, and Price, along with some others, are ready to step up and fill the void Walker and Wade left.
"We have a lot of chemistry," Price said. "I just try and push them (the underclassmen) and give them lots of good advice and bring up their confidence in the game."
Junior guard LaDarrel Dixon is new to the team this year, but he already is standing out to coach Frank Brown and teammate Price.
"They both (Dixon and Brooks) are stepping up and making smart decisions," Price said. "They score points and play a good amount of defense."
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League: Cape Atlantic League American
Group: South Jersey Group IV
Coach: Frank Brown (fourth season)
2011-12 record: 14-14
2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding
Key players: Isaiah Price, Sr., 6-6, F; Jordan Brooks, Jr., 6-5, F; Quashie Jetter, Sr., 5-10, G; Shane Bush, Sr., 6-5, F; Jason Cervi, Jr., 6-3, F; Gabe Castillo, Jr., 6-0, G.
Top newcomers: LaDarrel Dixon, Jr., 6-1, G.
Dec. 14: at Hammonton, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: at Lower Cape May Regional, 6 p.m.
Dec. 21: vs. St. Augustine Prep, 6 p.m.
Dec. 26-27: Boardwalk Classic at Wildwood Convention Center, TBD
Jan. 2: at Atlantic Christian School, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 4: vs. Ocean City, 6 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Penns Grove, 4 p.m.
Jan. 11: vs. Bridgeton, 6 p.m.
Jan. 15: vs. Middle Township, 6 p.m.
Jan. 18: vs. Vineland, 6 p.m.
Jan. 22: vs. Hammonton, 6 p.m.
Jan. 23: vs. Kingsway Regional, 6 p.m.
Jan. 25: vs. Lower Cape May Regional, 6 p.m.
Jan. 29: at St. Augustine Prep, 6 p.m.
Jan. 30: vs. Millville, 6 p.m.
Feb. 1: at Ocean City, 6 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Holy Spirit, 6 p.m.
Feb. 8: at Bridgeton, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Middle Township, 7 p.m.
Feb. 23: at Gloucester Catholic, 1 p.m.
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