The 2015-2016 Southern State Community College Men’s basketball team will consist of 3 returning players and 7 new players who are all local kids from around the surrounding counties.
The team is coming off a 8-12 record last season and at one point was a 19th ranking in the small school division in the USCAA. The Patriots will have a much stiffer schedule this year, but returning Head Coach Blake Kibler feels they are wiser and more team orientated this year.
“”We have 10 kids from the surrounding areas,” said Kibler. “They are some of the most hard working kids that I have ever encountered. Some of them have full time jobs, go to school full time and then go hard for us night in night out. We have a great group of kids this year.
“”We lost some key pieces last year, including an All-American(Alec Smith-Lynchburg). We have some big shoes to fill, but guys are taking the opportunities that they are given and striving. Defensively we are very fundamentally sound and can keep guys in front. Offensively we have a lot of work to do. We also can’t let our offense affect our defense. We are a work in progress for sure, but we are moving in the right direction.”
The Patriots will host a shootout November 20th, and November 21st. The Patriots will go up against Penn St. Greater Allegheny at 8:30 in the Patriot Center on November 20th. They will then play Elizabethtown College on November 21st at 5pm at the Patriot Center.