The Southeast Lancers will have to find a way to beat opponents with more depth and size, rookie head coach Clint Rider said.



"We have the ability to play fast, aggressive basketball that could cause trouble for our opponents," Rider said.



Southeast finished 7-13 (3-5 CNC) last season and lose 5-foot-11 guard Andy Brennon and 6-foot guard Talon Thompson this season, as well as Bryce Burdette and Caleb Spangler, who transferred to Frontenac last week.

The Southeast Lancers will have to find a way to beat opponents with more depth and size, rookie head coach Clint Rider said.

"We have the ability to play fast, aggressive basketball that could cause trouble for our opponents," Rider said.

Southeast finished 7-13 (3-5 CNC) last season and lose 5-foot-11 guard Andy Brennon and 6-foot guard Talon Thompson this season, as well as Bryce Burdette and Caleb Spangler, who transferred to Frontenac last week.

Senior Jake Thompson leads Southeast's returning players. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Thompson averaged 15 points per game last season.

"Jake is a polished offensive player," Rider said. "He has a great work ethic and spent a lot of offseason time in the gym working on his game."

Senior Dalton Powell helped lead Southeast to the second round of the Class 3A state football playoffs with his play at the quarterback, middle linebacker, punter and kicker positions. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Powell gave Southeast basketball 12 points per game last season.

"Dalton is a competitor," Rider said. "He possesses many leadership qualities that he displayed at quarterback during football that will translate onto the court."

Rider named 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore Josh Thompson as one more key returning player and Daniel Peak as his "dark horse" player.

"Josh plays with energy and passion," Rider said. "Josh can always be counted on to provide the intensity a coach looks for, and his energy is contagious.

"Daniel is very athletic and has potential. He's quick, and he knows how and when to use his speed. Defensively, he pressures the opposition and forces the offense to make bad decisions."

Rider said that he does not build expectations from a win-loss record worldview and instead prefers an effort perspective, figuring that winning games starts from effort.

"I expect our kids to come out every night and compete," Rider said. "I know our kids want to win, and win now. They're competitors, so I believe they will put the work in to become a successful team."

Southeast, preseason No. 6 CNC pick, opens its season Friday, Dec. 3 at home with the Oswego Indians of the Three Rivers League. The Indians went 20-4, and beat Southeast 53-28, last season.