The Ocean City High School boys basketball team will be built around its backcourt this season.

The Red Raiders will start senior guards Griffin Grimes, Justin Ruggia and Jeremy Sullivan.

Grimes averaged 10.1 points and led the team with 47 steals last season.

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Ruggia sank 22 3-pointers and Sullivan averaged 7.4 points.

Ocean City coach John Bruno said the three have to learn to complement each other.

"Our key this year is we have to learn to trust each other," Bruno said. "We don't have that one kid who's going to carry us. The guards have to help each other out as far as handling the ball and running the team. The key to our success is limiting turnovers."

Connor Laverty, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, got some experience as a freshman.

Frontcourt players Zach Altieri, Kieran Kelleher (a Shawnee transfer) and Pat Martin must develop into consistent rebounders for the Red Raiders to have success.

"We have to control the tempo," Bruno said.

"We can't let teams get away from us. We have to keep games close. I think we're kind of gong to be as good as we shoot the ball."

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League: Cape-Atlantic League National Division

Group: South Jersey Group III

Coach: John Bruno (315-289, 24 seasons)

2012-13 record: 8-15

2013-14 prediction: Spoiler – Veteran guards will make the Red Raiders a risky team for favorites to play

Key players: Zach Altieri, Jr., 6-3, F; Matt Aromondo, Jr., 5-9, G; Joe Gildea, Jr., 6-0, G; Griffin Grimes, Sr., 6-0, G; Kieran Kelleher, Sr., 6-3, F; Connor Laverty, So., 6-3, F; Patrick Martin, Jr., 6-3, F; Justin Price, Sr., 6-0, G; Justin Ruggia, Sr., 6-0, G; Jeremy Sullivan, Sr., 5-9, G.


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