The Princess Margaret Mustangs expect to have a balanced offensive attack.
The load will be carried by Prab Chahal, Gurk Klar, Jacob Winstone, Paul Garcha and Damon Sawara.
In Oliver over the weekend for a tournament, Chahal, Klar, Sawara and Winstone did their part helping the Mustangs earn two wins in four games.
The Mustangs defeated Vernon’s Clarence Fulton, No. 4 in pre-season rankings, 73-56 as well as Kelowna Secondary’s B team 63-58.
They lost to GW Graham, ranked No. 1, 91-60 and Mt. Boucherie, 76-75.
Chahal averaged more than 20 points per game, Klar, 18, while Sawara and Winstone picked up 12 per game.
“I thought the tournament went very well,” said Mustangs coach Dan Van Os. “Paul Garcha added solid rebounding, Brett Van Os played good defence and added timely baskets, while Connor Graham, Mat Zormes, Jivraj Grewal and Gurjeet Johal showed great hustle and determination.”
The tournament allowed the Mustangs to play strong teams and identify the areas to work on.
The Mustangs will have experience as well from five returning players who received plenty of playing time. He and co-coaches Raj Dhillon and Andrew Sexton feel they have a quick, athletic squad with shooting skills that can also move up the court quickly.
“We are not a big team, so we will play an up-tempo style, with a motion offence based on player movement and an aggressive defence designed to force turnovers,” he said.