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There’s a certain level of expectation that comes with playing basketball at Oklahoma Christian School. Over the past decade, the OCS boys have won five state titles and played for another. But after a three-year state tournament drought, the Saints are more hungry than ever.
“We didn’t have a great year last year, and I think one thing that happened is we got spoiled and forgot how hard it is to get to the state tournament,” head coach Trent Toler said. “It’s not easy. And we need to fall in love with the process of getting there.”
The Saints should be in a good position for a rebound year with several returning players. Nate Apple, the team’s leading scorer last year, Jonathan Gibson, Justin Harris, Blake Barnes and Garrett Kilborn are all back after starting much of last season.
“We will have an experienced group and eight seniors so you’d like to think that will help,” Toler said. “Last year it was really our entire JV team that was moved up to varsity. So they gained a lot of experience and really jelled. If we can get along and play good defense, we could be there at the end.”
Toler is also expecting big things from Jason Goff, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound senior.
“He’s just a monster and will be a load for our opponents, if he can stay healthy,” he said.
Senior Cole Peak was injured during football and is expected to be a big contributor when he returns midway through the season.
“He’s just a solid all-around player that brings a lot of energy, and we’re going to miss that,” Toler said. “He might be out until January or February.”
Senior Quincy Anderson and sophomore Callen Crocket have looked good this preseason and will play larger roles this year.
With the success of the school’s football team, the Saints have been in a holding pattern this year. They rescheduled a couple of early season games and will open the year Dec. 6 at the Luther Tournament.