Bishop’s boys target offensive consistency
More consistent play on defense could make a big difference for the Bishop McGuinness boys this season.
The Villains finished just 11-14 last season but lost 11 games by single-digits and lost five on the last possession.
“We play in one of the toughest conferences in the state,” Bishop coach Josh Thompson said of the Northwest 1A/2A, which includes defending NCHSAA 1A state champion Winston-Salem Prep and 2A regional finalist West Stokes. “The competition in our league is so tough and so close that if you let up for just 1 or 2 minutes, it can cost you that game. That’s what happened to us last year. We didn’t have consistency throughout through the entire game.”
Offensively, the Villains are led by top returning scorer Kevin Weckworth, a 6-1 all-conference guard who averaged 17.5 points per game last season and is getting looks from Division II and III schools according to Thompson.
But Thompson is looking to three players as keys to taking some of the scoring load off Weckworth. That trio includes 6-1 junior guard Nick Efird, 5-10 shooting guard Christian Sexton and 6-1 sophomore swing player Will Webster.
Thompson rates Efird as the most improved player. Sexton hit 40 3-pointers last season. Thompson believes Webster can play every position except center.
Weckworth, Sexton, Efird are expected to be in the starting lineup, which Thompson thinks will also include 6-6 senior center Tucker Crews and 6-2 post-player Tommy Koesters. Isiah Mateen, a 6-3 junior, and 5-9 guard Chandler Peraldo, a sophomore transfer, are also expected to contribute along with Webster.
“Our strength is going to be our guards and let them make plays and feed off each other,” Thompson said. “We don’t have a lot of size in the post so you just have to adjust to take advantage of the talent you have. Our strength is going to be our guards and guys who can play multiple positions.”