Improvement Key For Spartans

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The Alexander Spartans will come into the 2012-2013 season looking to rebound from a tough 4-17 record last season. The Spartans main goal is to work on the little things and ultimately improve from last year’s disappointing season.

The Alexander squad has gained some youth this season. According to head coach Blaine Gabriel, they have four freshmen and two sophomores competing for starting positions. As for practice, Coach Gabriel was surprised by the amount of enthusiasm and effort he has seen from his players thus far.

“Practice has been a lot better than I would have ever dreamed of,” Gabriel said. “Scrimmages have went a lot better and we’re further along than I ever thought we would be at this juncture of the season.”

After losing a few standout seniors last season, including Jake Gray who led the team in scoring, the Spartans will have big shoes to fill in their perimeter play. This season, Alexander will look to senior Braden Jones as their go-to-guy who will play both the small and power forward positions.

“Jones should be our premier player, but his play will have to be complimented by a team effort,” Gabriel said. “For us to be successful were going to have to have everyone step up.”

The Spartans will also rely on sophomore leader Jordan Moseley, who started at point guard as a freshman last season. Moseley has grown from a young, inexperienced player into a much improved one who will be key this season.

“Moseley has gotten stronger and has accepted a leadership role with the team,” Gabriel said.

Expect Moseley and Jones to bring the rest of the team together and come out firing when the season starts. Both players have high hopes for the season to come.

Jones hopes to win the TVC, go as far as possible in the tournament and make it past district finals. For Moseley, he’s looking at the season from a different perspective and hopes to ultimately improve overall from last season.