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BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEPAD: Wolverines finally find their footing
Brad Lear entered this season knowing the North Stafford boys basketball team was set for a rebuilding year.
The Wolverines graduated four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Northwest Region playoffs.
North Stafford suffered another blow when the lone expected returner, Justin Tuckson, transferred to Christ Chapel, a private school in Woodbridge.
The Wolverines were left with no player returning who scored more than 1.0 per game in 2012–13.
“Pretty much everything we had is gone,” Lear said. “So we knew it wasn’t going to be a year for lofty expectations.”
The start of the season was hampered further by the success of the football program, which reached the state semifinals for the third consecutive season.
North Stafford was missing three starters and six contributors as it stumbled to an 0–4 start, including a loss to Group 1A Colonial Beach.
The Wolverines believe they’ve steadied the ship, however, after a 52–46 win over Brooke Point on Tuesday.
All six football players were available for the contest, including starters Jacob Bochonok, Keyon Carter and Jalen Sarratt.
Carter scored 12 points to lead the Wolverines.
“When Keyon and Jalen came back, they were probably the biggest reason why we won at Brooke Point,” Lear said.
Lear said his inexperienced team is scrappy defensively. He noted that the Wolverines were competitive in three of their losses, and had opportunities to win at the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Lear said it was a relief to earn the victory over Brooke Point.
“I think we just needed to get a win so the kids would realize we weren’t going to go 0–22,” Lear said.
The Wolverines visit Colonial Beach in a rematch tonight.
Taft Coghill Jr.