A senior-heavy BPHS boys basketball team rose from a middle of the pack finish in 2019 to an 11-3 record and second place finish in the Minnesota River Conference a season ago.
The team finished 15-12 overall, winning its first section game before falling to a talented Minnesota Valley Lutheran team in the sub-section quarterfinals.
This year’s version of the Tigers will look to find pieces to replace four of the Tigers’ top five scorers from last season’s team, and head coach Paul Fogarty will look to nine returning letter winners to fill those voids.
Cade Morrison returns after averaging 13.7 points per game last season, second most on the team.
Other returning letter winners include Jack Kruger (6.6 points per game), Karim Tobert (4.7 ppg), Luke Luskey (4.2 ppg), Cody Corbitt (2.4 ppg), Ryan Bergs, Zac Fogarty, Carter Fairbanks, and Nehemiah Juaire.
Coach Fogarty hopes the squad can find some consistency early in the season, not having been able to get into the gym for workouts and open gym during the COVID-19 era.
Fogarty added that conditioning is a challenge, with players having to wear masks at all times.
“We plan on playing a faster and more aggressive style of basketball,” Fogarty said, adding that his team will “need to play harder than our opponent, limit unnecessary turnovers, and play as a team.”
Fogarty listed his squad among Mayer Lutheran and Southwest Christian as teams that could settle atop the conference. Defending champion Jordan, who finished 13-1 a season ago, has moved on to the Wright County Conference.
The Tigers open their season at home on Friday, Jan. 15, against Jordan.
The Tigers will play each MRC team twice and Le Sueur-Henderson and Norwood Young America a third time. The Tigers also play New Ulm and Watertown-Mayer in non-conference games.
BPHS Boys Basketball Team Schedule as of Jan. 8
Jan. 15: 7:15 vs. Jordan
Jan. 19: 7:15 @ Mayer Luth.
Jan. 21: 7:15 vs. LSH
Jan. 25: 7:30 @ New Ulm
Jan. 29: 7:15 vs. SWC
Feb. 1: 7:15 vs. Sibley East
Feb. 4: 7:15 @NYA
Feb. 9: 7:15 vs. TCU
Feb. 15: 7:15 @ LSH
Feb. 23: 7:15 @SWC
Feb. 26: 7:15 @ NYA
Mar. 1: 7:15 @ TCU
Mar. 4: 7:15 @ Sibley East
Mar. 6: 3:00 vs. Watertown-Mayer
Mar. 9: 7:15 vs. NYA
Mar. 11: 7 :15 @ LSH