Lisbon boys’ basketball is coming off its best season in many years with numerous holes to fill.
Leading scorer Tucker Brannon graduated, and Kyle Bourget, who was likely to step up and help fill that void, was lost to a knee injury in the football playoffs.
Experience and leadership are still strong, however, and Coach Jake Gentle hopes that will help compensate for a lack of size.
Team rebounding will be an emphasis. The strength of football standouts Joe Philbrick, Darren Ward and Andrew Golino is sure to help in that regard. Jonah Sautter may emerge as one of the top freshmen in the state.
It has been a while since the Greyhounds were in contention for back-to-back playoff berths. With continued improvement, Lisbon will have a shot.
Coach: Jake Gentle (third year)
Last year’s record: 11-8, lost in Western C preliminary
Returning athletes: Seniors — Johnny Yim (6-0 guard), Andrew Golino (6-1 forward), Darren Ward (6-0 forward), Joe Philbrick (5-10 forward), R.J. Sargent (5-7 guard); Juniors — Noah Carter (5-7 guard), Austin Bedford (5-9 guard); Sophomore — Josh Huston (6-1 forward).
Key losses: Tucker Brannon (5-10 forward), Kendal Roy (5-6 guard), Jake Johnston (6-4 forward/center), Jake Bremmer (6-5 center), Kyle Bourget (5-11 guard, injured).
Promising newcomers: Juniors — Troy Galarneau (6-1 guard), Christian Booker (6-0 forward); Sophomores — Tyrese Joseph (6-1 forward), Blake Berube (5-8 guard); Freshman — Jonah Sautter (5-11 guard).