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Bulldogs lick their wounds

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wheaton's Justin Beck attempts a shot during the Bulldogs' district game with Pierce City. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Wheaton boys team focused on improvement in summer season

For Wheaton Coach Mike Austin and his Bulldogs basketball team, the 2014-2015 basketball season is one they, do not want to forget.

Austin knows that may sound strange to some people after all, a 1-25 record is nothing to be writing home about.

Of those 25 losses, 20 of the games ended in a running clock blowout of 30 or more points.

However, the growth that Austin saw in his young squad is something that he knows that he can build on.

"We had 12 kids on our roster and 10 of them were freshmen and sophomores," Austin said. "We were a junior varsity team playing a full varsity schedule. That being said, we never quit and kept fighting."

Austin pointed out the season-ending loss to Pierce City as a sign of what a senior-laden team can do when matched against a young squad.

"The final score doesn't show how hard these boys battled all season," Austin said. "These boys could have folded and quit, but they didn't."

One sign that Austin pointed to was the season-ending 59-50 victory over Exeter.

"They had beat us earlier in the season [75-52]," Austin said. "But, we learned from our mistakes and played a great game."

Austin said his plan was simple for his team this summer.

"We need to hit the weights and get stronger," he said. "But, we also need to get more minutes under our belts. Experience is the main thing we need."

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