Chargers eye winning season on hardwood
Entering their second year as the ACGC boys basketball program, head coach Jake Mohling and team eye a winning season.
The Chargers finished 3-20 last year, but return six letterwinners, including five seniors this season.
Seniors Justin Plowman, Quenton Spack, Collin Stowe, Caden Wardyn and Garrett Young, are expected to lead the Chargers.
“Most of the boys will have had previous varsity experience, and some of these seniors will have been four year varsity members,” said Mohling, who will be assisted by Lance Kading.
Wardyn is the leading scorer returning from last season as the senior guard averaged 7.1 points and made a team-best 16 three-pointers a year ago. He grabbed 4.6 rebounds and collected a team-best 48 assists and 31 steals.
Quynton Younker, a sophomore, averaged 7 points and pulled down 4.6 rebounds a game for the Chargers last season.
Coming off of last year’s three-win season, Mohling said his squad has a lot of room for improvement.
“Looking back, our greatest weaknesses were our shooting and our ball handling,” Mohling said. “We shot less than 40 percent as a team and averaged just over 20 turnovers a game. If you do the math on that and average 55 possessions a game, that only leaves less than 15 possessions to score with which puts huge pressure to have a great defense. We must do a better job there, and I foresee our guards handling the ball much better this year.”
On the perimeter, Mohling says his team will look to it’s senior leadership and have depth with juniors backing them up.
“Shooting in the off season was highly stressed, and if we can improve from beyond the arc, that will open up space down low where we will have multiple options with players returning with experience,” Mohling said. “The boys will put in a lot of work in the first weeks of practice and games will start quickly.”
The Chargers play at home in eight of their first 11 games.
“We hope to see a lot of Charger fans in the gym early this season,” Mohling said.
The Chargers will play in a Jamboree on Tuesday, November 21 at Elk Horn-Kimballton. They host a scrimmage against IKM-Manning after the Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. in Guthrie Center.
They open the regular season on Tuesday, November 28 hosting conference foe Madrid in a girl-boy doubleheader. The girls tip off at 6:00 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.