Posted On: 11/6/19 7:30 AM

The Teams

Bettendorf (21-2, 18-1): The Bulldogs spent a fair amount of time ranked #1 in the state last year, behind the play of star point guard DJ Carton, who is now at Ohio State. That’s a massive loss, as he led the ‘Dogs in every major category except for blocks. In all, four starters are gone, and every player who made more than six 3-pointers last year has graduated. Nonetheless, coach Curtis Clark is one of the best in the state, and you know that Bettendorf is always going to be solid on the defensive end, and fairly disciplined on the offensive end. Lucas Hayes (6.4), a 6-8 senior big man, is a nice piece to start building around. He’s big, fairly mobile and an efficient scorer around the rim. Look for Bettendorf to be a little bit more of an inside-out team last year, as opposed to the perimeter dominant team they were last season. 6-5 Oliver Bakeris (5.2) and 6-2 Tynan Numkena (2.7) also return, and each of that trio are strong on the glass and should be enforcers in the paint. Look for the perimeter to get an athleticism boost from Moline

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