The Lacey Township High School boys basketball team will rebuild again this year.
After a historic 2011-12 season that culminated in a South Jersey Group III final appearance, the Lions' bench became its starters. Lacey reached the playoffs again in a 10-13 season.
Of those starters, Lacey returns junior guard Chris Iapicco, who was the leading scorer for the Lions. Beyond Iapicco, the Lions will look to a new set of players to contribute.
"We're definitely in rebuilding mode," said coach Ryan O'Rourke. "We don't have much experience, but the guys work hard. I think we'll be competitive in our division."
Two seniors will step up to fill in key roles left vacant by graduated players.
Anthony Talerico, a 5-foot-7 point guard, will handle the ball and set up the Lions' offense.
Jordan Arce, a 6-4 forward, will have an important role on both ends of the court.
"We'll need him to help with scoring and rebounding," O'Rourke said.
The keys to success on both ends of the court are simple for Lacey.
"We have to play excellent defense and control the tempo offensively," O'Rourke said.
League: Shore Conference A South
Group: South Jersey Group III
Coach: Ryan O'Rourke
2012-13 record: 10-13
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - With just one starter returning, the new Lions must transition into their new roles.
Key players: Chris Iapicco, Jr., F, 6-4; Jordan Arce, Sr., F, 6-4; Anthony Talerico, Sr., G, 5-7; Conner Davis, Jr., G, 5-8; Patrick Moore, Sr., F, 6-3.