The Oakcrest High School boys basketball team has plenty of seniors, but the Falcons are still a young team, according to coach Frank Brown.
The Falcons' leaders didn't see considerable playing time until their junior seasons.
"They don't have a lot of experience," Brown said. "They're looking to change things around. They're working hard. This could be a promising season."
Brown is trying to guide the program back to the success it had in the past.
The Falcons went 20-6 in 2010-11 before a .500 season followed by last year's 8-17 mark.
"We're trying to get Oakcrest basketball on a different path," Brown said.
What the Falcons lack in experience, they make up for in familiarity with each other.
Jordan Brooks, Jason Cervi, Gabe Castillo and Quaaim James-Ward have been together for four years. Team chemistry will be a strength.
The Falcons also have a group of freshmen and sophomores that will learn from the seniors and could see minutes if the opportunity arises.
Oakcrest will rely on its defensive prowess to win games. Lower scoring games will benefit the Falcons' chances.
"I believe that defense wins games," Brown said.
League: Cape-Atlantic League American
Group: South Jersey Group III
Coach: Frank Brown (63-55, five seasons)
2012-13 record: 7-18
2013-14 prediction: Competitive – Oakcrest has a senior-laden roster, but many of those players have limited varsity experience
Key players: Jordan Brooks, Sr., F, 6-5; Jason Cervi, Sr., F, 6-3; Gabe Castillo, Sr., G, 6-0; Quaaim James-Ward, Sr., 5-10, G.