(Atlantic) The Atlantic boy’s basketball team travels to Harlan Thursday night to face off against the #3 Cyclones. Harlan has run into some tough luck recently with the loss of two starters, Adam and Kyle Juhl, both sidelined with knee injuries.
Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins says the Cyclones still have three tremendous seniors in their starting lineup, including; 6’7 post Trey Lansman, 6’3 guard Gabe Ferry and 6’4 forward Adam Cave. Jenkins says he expects to see 5’10 guard Eli Williams and 6’0 guard Nate Getty’s balance out the starting lineup. He says they may not be as good offensively as the Juhl brothers, “but they are very athletic and will be tough to stop.”
Jenkins says the number one chore for the Trojans will be to play a full 32-minutes, be patient on offense, and get good shots. He says defensively, his ballclub must play defense early against Trey Lansman, who Jenkins touts as the most impressive player his ballclub has faced this season, along with Kuemper’s Cole Neary. Jenkins says the tough thing about the senior post is that he can score from the outside as well. Lansman is shooting 40-percent from beyond the arc.
Atlantic enters the contest with a (4-12) record. Jenkins says his ballclub has shown a tremendous amount of improvement. However, his says the discouraging thing is “they don’t have very many wins to show for it.”
Sophomore Ryan Hawkins leads the team averaging 14.4 points, and eight rebounds per game. Hawkins has 47 steals and 14 blocked shots. Freshman Garrett Franken, who is becoming more of a “complete player”, averages 11.8 points and five rebounds a contest. The youngster has 22-steals and 13-blocked shots to go along with his double digit scoring average. Junior point guard Joey Walker is scoring just over 10-points a game and has 18-steals.
The Trojans are shooting 38.8 percent from the field, 36-percent from behind the arc and almost 70-percent from the free throw line. We will have this game on 95.7F.M, pre-game starts at 7:15.
February 6, 2014