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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander boys basketball (L-R) Brady Spence, coach Jason Slate and Chris Lunsford.

Alexander Cougars

Coach: Jason Slate

Last season record: 17-8

Returning starters: none

Others to watch: G Chris Lunsford, F Brady Spence, G Pat Love, F Aaron Casey.

Primary strengths: Chris Lunsford had a solid offseason and now must be the leader. Cougars have always emphasized defense.

Primary problems: Lack of experience in a tough region.

The Outlook: The Cougars don’t return any starters from a team that was four points away from a state playoff berth. Three potential starters, including the returning leading scorer, all transferred after last season. The Cougars only have to returning players that got significant varsity playing time. Senior reserve Chris Lunsford have a solid offseason on the AAU circuit and being counted on to provide a scoring threat. Also, Spence will have to give the Cougars some inside presence each game.

Coach Slate says: “I have to learn to be patience with some many young guys on the team. The biggest thing for us is that we slow things down some for the players. We have to focus on getting better everyday.”

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