Warriors’ hot start has team excited
Don’t be surprised if the Central High School boys basketball team goes knocking on doors looking for a game during Christmas break.
With the way the Warriors have played during the first month of the season, Central likely wouldn’t want to wait 20 days until its next game.
After starting 9-0 and winning the Hinkley tournament in Denver, this group of Warriors appear primed to be a contender late in the season.
“I am proud of the guys,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “But we have got to take this thing one game at a time.”
Central’s success can be pinpointed on the nine seniors on the team’s roster led by Clay Kame. The 6-foot-1 senior has been whatever the team has needed him to be, whether that is as a scorer or a defensive stopper. Kame is averaging more than 10 points per game, but also has helped create opportunities for other players, including Blaine Jackson, Michael Wiedrich, Vandon Sanchez and dangerous 6th man Sean Citlau.
“We have a lot of depth, and that allows us to keep pressure up throughout the game,” Cain said.
Central uses a fast tempo and deep and talented front court to maintain a high scoring average. In the first half of the season, the Warriors have averaged 68 points per game, eight points higher than this time last season.
The Warriors front court is led by 6-foot-5 Kahler Grandbouche, who went from a reserve last year to a starter and major contributor this year. Grandbouche has been the Warriors’ main scoring threat inside the paint.
“Kahler Grandbouche has come a long way,” Cain said. “He played JV and varsity last year, and he has grown a little bit, so he is the tallest guy on the team.”
Grandbouche along with Josh Wells (6-3), Travis Key (6-2) and Griffin Woolsey (6-4) provide the team’s down low presence. The quartet will be looked upon for a good deal of rebounding this season, often matching up against larger opponents.
“We are not only one or two deep,” Cain said. “Everyone has a chance to contribute when they come into the game.”
Although the fast start has been nice, the Warriors will be tested when they return from the Christmas break. Central travels back over the mountain to play George Washington (8-0) and Chatfield (6-1).
“We have to do the same thing in the second half of the season which is give great effort and hustle,” Cain said.