Minutemen Basketball season tips off Dec. 4

Sophomore Jacob Smith goes up for a lay-up during preseason practice for the Minutemen ahead of their season opener scheduled for Dec. 4, against Buckhannon-Upshur in Buckhannon. [Staff photo by Dusty Metzgar]

The Lewis County High School boys basketball season is drawing closer and practices are in full swing as the Minutemen prep to take on the arch-rival Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers Dec. 4, in Buckhannon.
Head Coach Charles Simms said that 35 players tried out for the squads this year and that number had been trimmed to 20, 10 each for JV and Varsity. Simms noted that this years team would be depending on veteran leadership and a parameter game as the team lost many of its threats in the paint to graduation.  
Simms said that the team would again be primarily using a man-to-man defense for the upcoming year and added that on the offensive side the team would employ a couple of different approaches to counter whatever opposing teams threw at them.
Senior Guard Shawn Moran said that the team would be a good mix of veterans and newcomers, and that in order to be successful some younger players would have to step up.  
The Minutemen begin the season on the road, and don’t have a home game until Dec. 18, when they host the Preston County Knights.
 
2018-2019 Minutemen Basketball Schedule

Dec. 4, Buckhannon-Upshur Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11, Liberty Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13, Fairmont Senior Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15, FCA Christmas Classic Away 12 p.m.
Dec. 18, Preston High Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20, Braxton County Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 28, Hedgesvile Holiday Tournament 8 p.m.
Dec. 29, Hedgesville Holiday Tournament 6 p.m.
Jan. 3, 2019, Lincoln Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8, 2019, Robert C. Byrd Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10, 2019, Grafton Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12, 2019, Richwood Home 3 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 15, 2019, Bridgeport Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2019, Nicholas County Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2019, Elkins Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24, 2019, East Fairmont Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29, 2019 North Marion Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31, 2019, Buckhannon Upshur Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5, 2019, Herbert Hoover Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2019, Clay County Home 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12, 2019, Bridgeport Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19, 2019, Phillip-Barbour Away 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


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