The Shekinah Christian School boys basketball team feasted from beyond the three-point arc a year ago. The Flames had a number of players capable of making shots from deep. The squad however didn’t have a whole lot in the middle.
Coach Keith Lambert’s team will continue to fire away from a distance this season, but the team may have a little more punch on the interior.
“We will need to replace point production from three of our top four scorers last year,” the coach said. “Jesse Showalter (graduation), Trevor Headings (graduation) and Connor Bjerke (transfer to Texas). However, I feel like we have a good, balanced approach to our offense and have several guys who can get hot at any time. I’m most interested in seeing how much our rebounding will be improved, which is something we are focusing on early this season.”
The Flames offensive production will be based again on volume shooting from three-point range. With a number of solid shooters back in the mix the team will let it fly.
“We return seven players with significant varsity experience,” Lambert said. Chris Conte (the team’s lone senior this year) was leading the area in three-point percentage and he finished the season at just under 50 percent. We shot nearly 40 percent from (three-point range) and made just under 10 (three-point shots) per game, which I believe led the area in all divisions (over 110 teams), so hopefully we can approach those numbers again this year.”
This season Shekinah Christian joins the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League (MOCAL). Other teams in the league include Delaware Christian, Gahanna Christian, Granville Christian, Madison Christian, Northside Christian and Tree of Life Christian.
A year ago the Flames had tremendous success against the two teams who won the league. They beat Delaware Christian by 19 and Gahanna Christian by 24 points last season.
“Although the MOCAL appears to be stronger this year, we are still pushing for a chance at the conference championship,” the coach said. “Our team goal is to advance to district final and I think winning a second straight sectional championship is an attainable objective.
“With only one senior on the roster it would be easy to look ahead toward next year, but our team is ready to go now and is eager to establish ourselves in the MOCAL.”
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