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December 4, 2012

Hoops Lions set for Rotary opener

Gilson's 2012-13 team is young, but hard working

LOCKPORT —  

The loss of some quality seniors to graduation and just five returning players leaves head coach Dave Gilson with a somewhat inexperienced Lockport High School boys varsity basketball team heading to Friday night's opener.
Despite that, the Lions are once again loaded with talent, with several good players coming up from the junior varsity program and enough of a sprinkling of experience to make the upcoming 2012-13 season another promising one on the hardwood.
Lost to graduation are the team's top scorer from a year ago, D'Antre Cullens, along with high-flying big man Nick DiMartile, athletic Ezra Nwachukwu and creative point guard Smiley Allen.
The Lions were 10-10 overall last season, but finished strong with a Section VI playoff win over Lancaster, before bowing to perennial NFL power Niagara Falls in the large school quarterfinals.
“We're young and we're going to need to grow up a bit on the court and learn to play through mistakes,” Gilson said at practice on Tuesday. “We've got nine juniors on the roster, along with four seniors, so I see the kids getting a lot better as the season goes on.”
The Lions will open their regular-season slate at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the second game of the 2012 Lockport Rotary Club Boys Tip-Off Basketball Tournament at LHS. The varsity opener at 6 p.m. pits St. Joe's versus Williamsville East. Two junior varsity boys basketball games are on tap Thursday (5 & 6:30), including Lockport versus International Prep in the nightcap.
Key players for Gilson's varsity team this winter are his five returners, seniors Omaro Luke and Kalen Mitchell and juniors Ryan Lawrence, Colin Dougherty and Moziah Townsend.
“Omaro's a hard working kid. He worked hard over the summer and his experience and leadership means a lot to a team with just three other seniors,” Gilson said.

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