Boys basketball season preview: Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds


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Lima Central Catholic’s Thomas Williams puts up a shot during a Division III state semifinal. Williams is the only Thunderbird back from last year’s state championship team who had meaningful playing time.


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Coach: Frank Kill

Years, career record: 6, 143-18

Division: III

Last year: 28-1, state champion

Returning letterwinners (* returning starter): Thomas Williams (Sr., 6-4, forward); Stephen Taflinger (Sr., guard, 6-0); Anthony Venturella (Sr., 6-1, wing); Mark Janowski (Jr., 6-8, center); Matthew Cecala (Jr., 5-9, guard); Brendan Stolly (Jr., 6-0, wing)

Promising newcomers: De’Jhon Johnson (Fr., 5-9, guard); Braydon O’Dell (So., 5-11, guard); De’Montre Garner (So., 6-1, post); Darius Hairston (Jr., 5-11, wing); Raoul Samaroo (Jr., 6-0, wing); Dylan Biery (Jr., forward, 6-5); De’Angelo Garner (Jr., 6-0)

Team outlook: All five starters from last year’s state championship team are gone. Coach Frank Kill and the Thunderbirds will have to find their new identity, possibly starting with senior Thomas Williams, a two-year letter winner who averaged 3.9 points per game as a forward.

“The T-Birds will be missing a lot from last year’s state championship team,” Kill said. “Thomas Williams will have to carry the load, while otherswill ened to step up to the plate. The T-Birds are looking to ill those missing pieces that have allowed the T-Birds to be very successful in the past. Guard play is a key, in order to be successful.”

LCC looks built to be very aggressive on rebounding, plus its team chemistry is good thus far, Kill said.

SCHEDULE

Dec. 2 at Elida Tipoff 6:30 PM

Dec. 3 at Elida Tipoff 6:30 PM

Dec. 6 at Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 7:30 PM

Dec. 10 Scott 7:30 PM

Dec. 17 at Ottawa-Glandorf 7:30 PM

Dec. 22 at Wapakoneta 7:30 PM

Dec. 23 Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 7:30 PM

Dec. 27 at Shawnee 7:30 PM

Dec. 28 at Bellefontaine 7:30 PM

Dec. 30 at Van Wert 7:30 PM

Jan. 7 Elida Tipoff 6:30 PM

Jan. 8 at Delphos St. John’s 2:30 PM

Jan. 13 at Columbus Grove 7:30 PM

Jan. 14 at Van Buren 7:30 PM

Jan. 20 Crestview 7:30 PM

Jan. 21 at Versailles 7:30 PM

Jan. 24 at Lima Senior 7:30 PM

Jan. 31 Bath 7:30 PM

Feb. 4 Liberty-Benton 7:30 PM

Feb. 18 Celina 7:30 PM

Feb. 24 Spencerville 7:30 PM

Feb. 25 Defiance 7:30 PM

Lima Central Catholic’s Thomas Williams puts up a shot during a Division III state semifinal. Williams is the only Thunderbird back from last year’s state championship team who had meaningful playing time.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_lcc-photo-page-5.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Thomas Williams puts up a shot during a Division III state semifinal. Williams is the only Thunderbird back from last year’s state championship team who had meaningful playing time.
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