Posted On: 10/29/19 8:00 AM

The Teams

East Mills (20-4, 13-3): The Wolverines handed Stanton their only loss against a league team last year, when they knocked them out of the postseason with a 56-48 win. The unfortunate news for them is that they lose their top two scorers from that group. Michael Schafer (10.6) figures to be the team's go-to scorer this year, while Nic Duysen (5.4) returns after averaging 7.8 rebounds last year. The only other returnee with significant experience is Nolan Smiley (2.1). The Wolverines have solid athletic programs, and should find some pieces to plug in, but with the lack of experienced players returning, they should probably fall off a bit from last year's 20-win team.

 

Essex (1-19, 1-13): The Trojans were the sixth lowest scoring team in 1A last year, averaging 34 points a game, and nothing in the underlying statistics lends itself to thinking there will be much improvement. They had 30-25-41 shooting splits, and 421 turnovers (an average of 21 a game). The good news is that leading scorer Colton Thornburg (10.1) returns. It'll be a battle between Essex and Griswold to stay out of the basement of the league again this year. 

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