CORNING — After one of the roughest seasons in Miller boys basketball history, the Falcons have a better outlook this season with some changes and history on their side.
Last season, the Falcons were a young team, with hardly any varsity experience, not including consistent varsity starter Colby Bartley.
Head coach Sean Bartley said he is looking to come into this season, hopefully, a lot better than they finished last season.
“With almost everyone returning from last season, we have a lot of experience this year,” he mentioned.
It was a true first-year varsity for the Falcons last season, which provided the expected inexperience on the court.
But, seniors Colby Bartley, Drew Starlin and Steven Willison are the ones to lead the Falcons on the court this season with their unique strengths each.
Head coach Bartley said Colby, Starlin and sophomore Tre McCoy have the speed up and down the court, and Willison and freshman Sam Rutter have the height.
“We didn’t have height a year ago, so that is a great benefit for us now,” Bartley said.
“Plus, Steven has been working during the off season to put on a lot of muscle, and that is big for us.”
One of the main things the Falcons are focusing on before season begins is their defensive aspect of the game, and rebounding.
Last season, giving up more than enough points gave a win to the opposing team for Miller, and Bartley said he is emphasizing the opposite this year.
“We are emphasizing our defense, our rebounds and blocks,” he mentioned.
“Basically everything to not repeat last season.”
“Our rebounding is better and we are working on not giving up those points.”
With his seniors and experience this year, head coach Bartley has the outlook to compete and bring more wins to Miller.