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Blue Jays Rebuild

November 21, 2012 by  

Blue Jays Rebuild, Last season: 11-12 overall, 9-9 RRC (sixth)
Returning letter winners: Seniors David Sawatzky, Josh Block; Juniors Drake Fuller, Sam Duffy
Schedule: Nov. 30 at Boone, Dec. 4 vs. Winterset, Dec. 7 vs. ADM (Adel), Dec. 8 at North Polk, Dec. 11 at Dallas Center-Grimes, Dec. 14 vs. Carlisle, Dec. 15 vs. Saydel, Dec. 18 vs. Ballard, Dec. 20 at Newton, Jan. 4 vs. Perry, Jan. 8 at Carroll, Jan. 11 vs. Boone, Jan. 12 at Nevada, Jan. 15 at Winterset, Jan. 18 at ADM (Adel), Jan. 22 vs. Dallas Center-Grimes, Jan. 25 at Carlisle, Jan. 29 at Ballard, Feb. 2 vs. Norwalk, Feb. 5 at Perry, Feb. 8 vs. Carroll, Feb. 12 vs. Gilbert

Junior point guard Drake Fuller is the only returning starter this season for the Bondurant-Farrar boys’ basketball team, which lost five of their top six scorers to graduation.

Fuller, a second team all-Raccoon River Conference player as a sophomore, was the team’s second leading scorer last year with 9.7 points per game. He led the team with 3.1 assists per game and added 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Fuller, as point guard, will play an integral role in second-year coach Travis Evans’ plan to control the game action.

“I think we always want to control the pace of the game, whether that be getting up and down the floor or playing half court,” Evans said. “I think our team is a different make-up this year, and we should be able to do some things that are different from last. But our philosophy won’t change in controlling the basketball and having good offensive possessions.”

Evans led the BlueJays to an 11-12 overall record last season. They were sixth in their first season as members of the RRC with a 9-9 league mark.

Gone from that team are nine seniors that combined to score nearly 75 percent of the team’s points last season, including Paul Newby and Paden Ridgeway, the team’s leading and third-best scorer, respectively.

Newby was a first team all-RRC pick after averaging 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. Ridgeway averaged 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds and was an honorable mention selection.

Returning letter winners for the BlueJays include Fuller and seniors David Sawatzky and Josh Block and junior Sam Duffy, who all played roles off the bench last season.

Evans expects a smoother start to this season compared to his first.

“I think the biggest benefit is that the players are used to what we are doing now, and know what to expect each and every day,” Evans said. “I believe that will pay off especially in the early part of the season as things that we are doing are not new to them.”

The BlueJays open the season with three conference games: Nov. 30 at Boone and home games Dec. 4 against Winterset and Dec. 7 against ADM (Adel).

Evans considers Dallas Center-Grimes and Ballard to be the favorites for the conference title.

“I would say (they) will be the two teams that everyone will be shooting at in our conference,” he said. “I think it is wide open, though, for anyone to knock anyone off on any given night, which happened a few times last year.”

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