Heading into year No. 15 as the Northglenn basketball coach, Kevin Knudson looks to rebound from losing seven seniors — four of which led the team in scoring (Mario Pacheco, Ty Burbank, Hector …
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Heading into year No. 15 as the Northglenn basketball coach, Kevin Knudson looks to rebound from losing seven seniors — four of which led the team in scoring (Mario Pacheco, Ty Burbank, Hector Ortega and Matt Pando).
Those four veterans tallied for 44 of the 53 total points per game the Norsemen averaged last year. Finding pieces to put the ball in the basket behind defense and effort will factor largely to Northglenn’s success in the 2019-2020 campaign.
“It’s going to be similar,” Knudson said of his offensive strategy this year in a phone interview. “We haven’t had a lot of scoring here, so I’m going to continue hammering defense because we are going to have to be able to stop people. Hopefully, we will create some offense off of our defense and get some easy baskets that way. Then grind it out in the half-court offense and make sure we take great shots.”
The Morton twins in Zach and Colin will prove crucial to what Knudson wants to start on the defensive end. As interior presences, the two haven’t been healthy at the same time since their freshman seasons, so getting them back together could prove dividends for a team wanting to make their mark on defense and rebounding.
“The thing I am looking to see is finding a way to score the basketball,” Knudson said. “The seniors have to step up and score after all that we lost on the offensive end.”
Expected to also help in the scoring category is junior Tiger Sutton — who has improved his perimeter shooting throughout the offseason. The inside-out game of the Morton twins and Sutton matched with the growth of the younger guys may dictate the improvement of a 6-17 season last year.
“I’m just looking for us to improve daily and that we come to practice and every game ready. I don’t want to call it a total rebuild, but in a sense, it is. Building towards the future with the young base we have is important, and hopefully, we will see it pay off for us.”
Northglenn starts their season Dec. 11 on the road against Vista Peak at 7 p.m.
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