Boys basketball preview: Lebanon

To a win a fourth, however, coach Pat Murphy is going to have to do things a little differently.

With just two lettermen returning, Murphy has tweaked the team’s offense, abandoning the dribble-drive motion offense for a more traditional, motion-based offense.

“No coach likes to use the term rebuilding, and I’m no different. Our goals are the same as always — win the league and get to the district finals,’’ Murphy said.

Backcourt

Senior Beau Smith (5.9 points per game last season) is a three-year letterman and Lebanon’s only returning varsity guard.

“(Smith) needs to score, create for us on offense, play solid defense and be our leader on the floor,” Murphy said.

Outside of Smith, Murphy remains unsure about who will be in the varsity rotation.

“It’s not a huge concern. ... We’ve just got to get it figured out soon,” Murphy said.

Frontcourt

Lebanon has three seniors who figure to get minutes in the post this season, led by returning three-year letterman Colton Conover. Christian Franer and Jake Hammons are both 6-foot-5 bodies that will be looked to for rebounds and strong play in the post.

“We have some seniors with some size down low, and that’s one of the main reasons we switched offenses, so that we can get those guys more touches,” Murphy said.

Outlook

Where will the points come from? Lebanon averaged 54 points a game last season, and more than 40 of those points graduated. Smith is the team’s top returning scorer at 5.9 per game.

Lebanon will have to find scoring from new sources this season, and if the Warriors do, they will be able to push Springboro and Fairborn for first place in the South Division. If not, it could be a long season for the Warriors.

Contact this reporter at (513) 696-4526 or shayes@coxohio.com.

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