Exeter learning on the fly
Tigers return lone starter from last year
Rome was not built in a day, and the Exeter boys basketball team will not get to where it needs to be overnight.
Coming off a 6-16 season a year ago, the Tigers knew they had an uphill fight coming into this season, especially with just one returning starter.
Exeter has limped to an 0-3 start with losses to Thomas Jefferson, Galena and Crane by a combined 174 points.
"We will have a long row to hoe, but hard work will help us create the ethic we need from these young men now and in the future," said Matt Tripp, Exeter coach. "We will [continue to] work on the things we can control and learn to contend with things beyond our control. We will learn to focus on the tasks at hand and let the end results take care of themselves."
With a second-round game against Verona looming on Friday in the Pierce City Invitational, the Tigers are looking for answers.
Codie Evatt, a 5-8 senior, led the Tigers with 14 points in a 99-31 loss to Crane on Monday.
"It will be a tough season with only one returning with varsity experience," Evatt said. "I'm looking at this as an opportunity to help start a program and a new tradition in Exeter basketball."
Evatt is tasked to lead first-time starters in Jared Alverson, Blake Weston, Trevor Nelson and Andrew Blacke (pronounced Blake).
Additionally, the Tigers welcome Nick Gomez, Ethan Caddell, Kamerin Newman, Rusty Robbins, Chase Patty, Kyle Phillips and Dalton Horn to the team.
"We may not be as experienced as our opponents," Tripp said. "They may have more size or depth than us, they may even have more talent than us, but there is never an excuse to allow anyone to outwork us."
Tipoff against Verona is set for 6 p.m. on Friday.