“I’m pleased with what I’m seeing. Our effort level is really good right now,” said coach David Anderson.
North Stokes boys’ basketball program is 2-3 after winning their first two games, falling in close losses to in-county rivals South and West Stokes last week and East Wilkes 69-66 on Tuesday night.
The Vikings are bringing experience to the court this season with four out of five of their starters returning.
“We were really young and took our lumps early. Last year we set a goal to make the playoffs and did it so I’d like to see us do that again,” the coach said.
North may have gone deeper into playoffs, but were matched up in the first round against Winston Salem Prep, who made a run all the way to the 1A state championship game.
Anderson admits his team is undersized, but said they’re fighters and doing a decent job on the boards.
“Sometimes we get a little quick and rush our shots. I’d like to see us make the defense have to work more, but I really like the effort they’re giving,” he said.
This marks Anderson’s 16th season as the boys’ basketball coach. During his career he’s led the program to a 29-3 season that culminated in runners-up in the NCHSAA state championship. He believes each team brings their own skill set each year, but this group is made up of well-rounded, coachable kids.
“The parents have done a great job raising them. I think they play well as a group. We don’t have a lot of 20 point guys. We have a lot of guys that can score 10 to 12 points each night, and if they’re playing together, that makes you hard to defend,” he said.
New to the lineup is freshman Zach Chesnet. When matched up with West Stokes the ninth grader scored six points and put 10 on the board against South.
“He’s got a lot of upsides. He brings intensity and he’s a competitor. He doesn’t like to lose and he isn’t afraid of anything,” the coach said.
Anderson’s team stayed the course throughout the summer raking in nearly 30 games in preparation for this season.
“Our conference is tough again, but we want to get into playoffs and have a shot at a decent run,” he said. “I have high expectations for them. We’re just going to bring it night in and night out. I think we can do well.”
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