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Bulldog basketball players (left to right) Jayden Villeda, Andres Valdez

Bulldog basketball players (left to right) Jayden Villeda, Andres Valdez

Bulldog basketball players (left to right) Jayden Villeda, Andres Valdez

2018-2019 Centennial Boys Basketball Preview

November 7, 2018

The Bulldogs come into this new season looking to find their identity in class 4A.  After rough outings for the past two seasons, the ‘Dogs have a very optimistic outlook on this upcoming season. “We look to build team cohesiveness and gel together rather than just have guys that could put it in the basket,” 4th-year coach Ryen Romero emphasized. Centennial is coming off a 3-20 season, but take into mind that the team did not have a single senior on the roster.

The Bulldogs come into this year with a chip on their shoulder and a senior-loaded roster that is out looking for revenge.  Coach Romero touched on this topic saying, “We’ll be a real senior-heavy team, they have all realized this is their final year to make something happen, and I love the motivation these guys have been bringing so far.”  Although he knows it’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be a tough process and they plan to take it one step at a time. “We have to take it one step at a time, and start by first winning a league game, we can’t expect to jump 20 steps at a time.”  The South Central League will have quite a different feel this season, being more competitive and wide open. “I think the league will be a lot more competitive because there’s a lot less of a gap between the best and the worst team.” So expect the Bulldogs to play with a little bit of fire this season wanting to go out every night and prove themselves.

 

2017-2018: 3-20 0-10 (SCL)

Head Coach: Ryen Romero 4th Season

Key returners: Greg Bennet Sr, Jayden Villeda Sr, Antonio Rodriguez Sr, Nic Montoya Sr, Francisco Chavez Jr, Andres Valdez Jr, Malik Leach Sr, Jeremiah Lange Sr.   

Players to Watch: Ethan Gallegos So, Levi Parker Jr, Mario Valdez So, Brandon Solano Jr.

Key Dates:

11/28 Season Opener

11/29 Resurrection Christian (2018 3A Playoff appearance)

11/30 Air Academy (2018 4A Playoff appearance)

12/13 Cheyenne Mountain (2018 4A Playoffs second round)

12/14 Pine Creek (5A Playoff appearance)

1/15 @ Pueblo Central (4A Playoffs Second Round)

1/18 Hosting Pueblo South (4A Final Four appearance)

1/29 Hosting Pueblo West (4A Final Four appearance)

2/1 Hosting Pueblo Central

2/5 @ Pueblo South

2/15 @ Pueblo West

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