The 2017-2018 Blue Ridge boys basketball team includes, front, from left, Noah Pressler, Colton Taylor, Carsen Williams, Dylan McCall, Phillip Arnst; and back, same order, Erick Harper, Hunter Collins, Levi Taylor, Hunter Fowler and Blake Potts. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Blue Ridge boys basketball team strong on offense

Blue Ridge Early College Winter Sports Preview

By Don Richeson / Staff

CASHIERS -- Blue Ridge Early College’s boys basketball team has a new head coach this year -- Ben McCrickard -- but he has worked his way to the position serving as an assistant coach the previous two years.

While last year’s squad finished 4-19 overall and 2-4 in the Little Smoky Mountain Conference, Coach McCrickard said the team’s size this year could make a difference.

“We have a have a 6-foot-4-inch guy, a 6-foot-3-inch guy and one 6-foot-2-inch one -- that’s pretty tall for this conference,” McCrickard said. He said though a lot will depend on how quickly everyone comes together .. better than last year. Our biggest improvement so far this year is our offense and the guys playing together have a really good chemistry.”

The team also has it challenges. When asked to name areas the team needs to work on, the coach said, “Defense, defense, defense. Last year we were terrible on defense.”

He said players to watch include Levi Taylor, who has a good feel for the game and can play multiple positions, and Hunter Collins. “He’s very athletic and picks things up quickly,” McCrickard said.

 

2017-2018 Blue Ridge Boys Basketball Schedule

• 8 p.m. Nov. 27 -- Blue Ridge visits Murphy.

• 8 p.m. Nov. 30 -- Blue Ridge hosts Brevard.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 1 -- Blue Ridge visits Rosman.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 5 -- Blue Ridge hosts Hiwassee Dam.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 7 -- Blue Ridge hosts Madison.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 8 -- Blue Ridge visits Swain.

• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 -- Blue Ridge visits Madison.

• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 -- Blue Ridge visits Tamassee-Salem.

• 8 p.m. Dec. 20 -- Blue Ridge visits Hayesville.

• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Nantahala.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Cherokee.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 9, 2018 -- Blue Ridge visits Asheville (Independent) High School.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Rosman.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 -- Blue Ridge visits Hiwassee Dam.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Swain County.

• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2018 -- Blue Ridge visits Nantahala.

• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Tamassee-Salem.

• 8 p.m. Jan. 30, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Highlands.

• 8 p.m. Feb. 2, 2018 -- Blue Ridge hosts Cherokee.

• 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 2018 -- Blue Ridge visits Highlands.

 

 

 

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