Lewiston appears to be the forgotten, or at least overlooked team, in KVAC boys’ basketball.
Coaches didn’t put the Blue Devils in the preseason top eight. That’s an odd development, considering that they are coming off another journey to the regional quarterfinals, graduated only two players and welcome back 11 seniors.
It’s an intriguing mix of athletes, too, including Penn State track recruit Isaiah Harris, football standout Quintarian Brown and 6-foot-10 center Trever Irish. Ace Curry also provides a veteran presence in the backcourt, and transfer Tykeen Gaines has been a great find at point guard.
The Devils have some outside shooting ability in Tylon Myers, Carter Chabot and Ryan Bell, and coach Tim Farrar said that Ty Murphy and Kevin Dillingham bring “a toughness we haven’t had for a couple of years.”Between Lewiston’s depth, experience and work ethic, it is hard to imagine the Devils not escalating to the upper half of a rugged conference.
Coach: Tim Farrar
Last year’s record: 8-11, lost in Western A quarterfinal
Returning players: Seniors — Isaiah Harris (6-4 forward), Ryan Bell (5-11 guard), Ace Curry (5-9 guard), Quintarian Brown (6-3 forward), Trever Irish (6-10 center), Tylon Myers (5-10 guard), Carter Chabot (6-0 guard), Ty Murphy (5-11 guard), Kevin Dillingham (6-3 forward).
Key losses: Carlos Gonzalez, Mohamed Mohamud.
Promising newcomers: Senior — Tykeem Gaines (6-0 guard); Juniors — Abdinasir Issak (5-6 guard), Salat Hassan (5-10 guard), Tajh Fulgham (6-2 forward), Mohamedsediq Hussein (6-4 forward), Jordan Palmer (5-6 guard).