The 2019-20 high school basketball season is just around the corner and leading up to opening night Dec. 3 Med Center Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will present team previews for both boys’ and girls’ teams across the Bowling Green area.
Today, we take a look at the Warren East boys’ hoops squad.
Team: Warren East
Head Coach: Brandon Combs (Sixth season)
- 11-18 overall, 0-9 District 14
- Lost to South Warren in District 14 quarterfinals
- Guard Adante Barber (12.9 PPG)
- Guard Bryson Wallace (8.3 PPG)
- Guard Thomas Maxey (8.2 PPG)
- Sophomore Guard Kaleb Matlock (8.5 PPG)
- Senior Center Ryan Carter (7.6 PPG)
- Senior Guard Tatum Simmons (5.0 PPG)
- Junior Guard Sam Wheeler (4.0 PPG)
- Senior Guard Brayden Wardlow (2.8 PPG)
- Eighth Grade Guard Ty Price
Season Opener: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Metcalfe County at 7:30 p.m.
Warren East didn’t perform the way it wanted in 2018-19, and it is looking to bounce back with a strong season in 2019-20.
The Raiders, who won just 11 games a year ago, lost three usual starters to graduation in guards Adante Barber, Bryson Wallace and Thomas Maxey, but return a bulk of experience and talent. Coach Brandon Combs has six seniors on the roster, and those guys will be looked up to by their teammates.
Ryan Carter, Jordan Jones, Logan Sanders, Tatum Simmons, Brayden Wardlow and Bo Yoakem are East’s seniors and will all play big roles, while guys like junior guard Sam Wheeler and sophomore guard Kaleb Matlock will also be important factors. The Raiders also brought in highly-profiled eighth-grader Ty Price, a sharpshooting, flashy guard who has made a name for himself on the AAU circuit.
Coach Brandon Combs:
“It’s a good mix. How quick they gel together will be the telltale sign. We had a good preseason. We’ve gotten stronger and we look the part now. We’ve actually got some length, which is something you have to have in this region and district. I think it’ll boil down to how we play on the defensive end because we’re gonna be able to score the basketball. I think, especially in this district and once it hits January and February, you want to be peak-wise defensively.”
Senior Center Ryan Carter:
“I think this team can be a championship contender. All of our experience will teach the younger kids to take their role seriously and help us win games. We need to be aggressive and do what it takes to get to loose balls and do whatever we can to win.”