Mountain Valley boys’ basketball preview

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Mountain Valley had never endured a boys’ basketball season like the one that unfolded in 2013-14. After winning 13 games and reaching the Class B West semifinals the previous winter, the Falcons snak to 2-16 and last in Class C West Heal Points.

The Falcons should bounce back substantially and look more like their old selves this MVC season.

Experience should pay dividends this winter. Caleb Gauvin and Brad and Tom Marshall all return for their third varsity campaign.

Mountain Valley needs to establish a consistent scoring presence and improve its defensive communication. While they hope to exploit some advantages inside with Gauvin, Jordan Pilgrim and Brad Marshall, the Falcons also hope their guards can penetrate and become options on the offensive end.

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Early wins are imperative in order to regain some confidence. If that happens, the Falcons could make a run to the Augusta Civic Center, a building that was good to them in their 1990s heyday.

Coach: Tom Danylik (third year)

Last year’s record: 2-16

Returning athletes: Seniors — Caleb Gauvin (C), Brad Marshall (F), Tom Marshall (G), Andrew Cote (F), Jordan Pilgrim (C); Juniors — Ryley Flynn (G), Alex Ridley (G), Curtis Steele (G); Sophomores — Kyle Farrar (G), Zach Duguay (F).

Key losses: None.

Promising newcomers: Senior — Jordan Parent (G); Junior — Eduardo Esteban (G); Sophomore — Parker Davis (G).

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