Building blocks stack up; Roseburg hoops continues to develop

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The 2017-18 boys basketball season is one that has the potential to shape the future of the program, the roster is loaded with youth and inexperience, with several returning varsity players. A senior filled roster underperformed last season in conference play and failed to qualify for postseason play. This years team features two sophomores and eight juniors that will likely be back next year with more varsity experience.

As a young and inexperienced team, the leaders needed step up early and make their presence known. Collin Warmouth, a junior, has filled into that role and has played heavy minutes for the Roseburg squad. Following the example of  Luke Lucido, the normal starting lineup featured two juniors in point guard Collin Warmouth and big man Jonathan Stone, along with seniors Cody Johnson and senior John Crince. The starting lineup lacked experience, but made up it for in size, with both Stone and Johnson making up a formidable and sizable frontcourt for the Indians.  The Indians also have no lack of young depth, with four of the seven non-starters being eligible for at least one more high school season to play here at RHS.

The non conference schedule was a twelve game stretch of matchups with opponents outside the conference in a relatively short stretch. Roseburg had a decent showing, going 9-3 with wins coming against several decent teams from the Portland Metro League and a solid performance in the Abby’s Holiday Classic.

The Tribe entered the conference schedule with a 9-3 record, looking to keep their momentum against a talented Southwest Conference schedule. Roseburg opened the conference schedule with back to back losses to Sheldon and Willamette. The Indians earned their first league win with a home upset of South Medford with a score of 54-50. The Tribe followed their victory with back to back losses before rebounding for a victory over Grants Pass at home. Sadly, the victory over the Cavemen was the last for a while, as Roseburg went on a four game skid against Sheldon, South Medford, and ninth ranked North Medford at the time of publication.

This young Roseburg team, though lacking experience at the varsity level still flashed signs of brilliance that hinted at the future being bright, With only four seniors departing, this team has potential and ability beyond its years and should be very fun to watch next season, something that Roseburg sports programs look forward to.  

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Building blocks stack up; Roseburg hoops continues to develop