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Patriots return solid nucleus

CLINTONVILLE - The AuSable Valley boys finished a close runner up in the Section VII Class B championship last year. With seven players returning, they come back hungry for another title run.

Among those returning are the Patriots' top three scorers: seniors T.J. Burl, and Jordan Coolidge and junior Brody Douglass. Each averaged double-digit points per game last year, and the three combined for 61 3-pointers.

Also returning are seniors Ryan Lee and Justin Hart, and juniors Connor Manning, and Austin House, each of whom saw significant playing time last year.

Joining the team this year are juniors Nick Rhino, Michael Hart, John Hickey, and Phil Nolan. All but Hickey measure at least 6-foot and will add considerable size to a team previously lacking it.

"We will try to remain an up-tempo team with defense and transition game being our strengths," said Patriots head coach Jamie Douglass. "We expect to be a competitive team. With so much parity in the league, there will be some great basketball games."

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