High School Basketball Preview: North Platte St. Patrick's

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)--- St. Patrick's boys basketball team is working head adjusting to their first season bumping down to Class D1.

Four seniors are returning this year with starting experience.

Coach Bill O'Malley said, "Well I think we have a lot of experience back but it kind of amounts to kind of finding new roles and expanded roles for a number of guys and then there are some new comers that I think can really help us as well."

Senior wing James Roberts said, "There are some young kids that will play and they're getting better, especially older guys too, you know everybody's just getting better."

"We're pretty undersized, as always but it's nothing new, so rebounding's going to be kind of tough but as long as we work heard, it should be fine," said senior point guard Nick Niesen.

O'Malley said, "I think overall we should be really good defensively, I think we've got a pretty athletic group. We don't have a lot of size but I think we've got good overall team quickness and that should allow us to be pretty good defensively."

"Well we moved down to D1 and we still have a lot of C1 teams on our schedule so our schedule's tough but I think if we play well, we should be able to do good," said Roberts.

O'Malley said, "The conference should be highly competitive, there are a number of teams that have had a significant amount of turnover but have some really good returners as well."

The Irish are focusing on some key goals to make this a successful season.

Roberts said, "You know, win tight games. Win close games that are contested and just win tight games."

"Last season, we went out a little earlier than we wanted to so we'd like to make it a little deeper into the post season this year and that will give us good motivation for the rest of the season," said Niesen.