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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:00 pm

For the second year in a row, the Wildwood High School boys basketball team must replace its leading scorer.

And for the second straight season, finding a new go-to hasn't been too difficult for coach Scott McCracken.

The Warriors won 17 games behind the leadership of Francis Christian, who averaged 20.6 points and 6.3 assists.

Junior guard Dave Flanders averaged double digits as well for the Warriors.

Wildwood will hand the ball over to Flanders, who scored 15 points in a 66-64 playoff win against Woodbury in the South Jersey Group I tournament last season.

"We're excited," McCracken said.

"We're going to be young, but I think should have a successful season."

McCracken leads a fairly young Warriors team, which has just two seniors.

In spite of their youth, the Warriors have an optimistic outlook to the season.

Wildwood has quick players that will aggressively cover the ball. At 6-foot-4, junior forward Jameer Coleman adds size.

The plan of attack is clear for the Warriors - defense will win them games.

"We have to defend," McCracken said. "That's our signature, our staple - create turnovers to score."

Boys

League: Tri-County Conference Classic

Group: South Jersey Group I

Coach: Scott McCracken (47-27, three seasons)

2012-13 record: 17-11

2013-14 prediction: Competitive - A combination of strong defense and Dave Flanders' ability to score will provide Wildwood with the chance to pull off some upsets.

Key players: Dave Flanders, Jr., G, 5-10; Jose Valentin, Sr., F, 6-2; Trevor Gentek, Jr., G, 5-9

Top newcomers: Jameer Coleman, Jr., F, 6-4; Mikal Poteat, Jr., F, 6-2; Gerard Gibbs, Jr., G.

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