Central High Boys team

Coach Kenny McGough and the Bronchos will make their season debut this week at Snyder. It will mark the first game under the new head coach as they look to make some noise in the 2021-2022 season.

The Central High Bronchos will start the 2021-2022 basketball season this week with a tough test against Snyder, a State Tournament team, against whom they will look for a victory this Friday.

The Bronchos, led by new coach Kenny McGough, performed well during the preseason and received Xpress Wellness Team of the Week honors as they prepare for game number one.

McGough, who was hired back in June 2021, will have the Bronchos’ young team ready for the season after a couple of good months of scrimmages and practices.

“The fortunate thing is, I had a good number in offseason that didn’t play football and when football was over, I only gained four from the football team,” McGough said. “We had the opportunity to get after it in offseason, and a lot of times in small schools you may have one or two guys. We were fortunate to have five guys who will get big minutes. We were able to get stuff in and put a lot of stuff in when we got those four — it was a teaching mode for this one week.”

He will use an eight-man rotation for the most part and McGough said they will match up with a lot of people, but it will bring a lot of teaching along the way as the Bronchos come off some down seasons.

At Davenport, McGough felt used to winning a lot. For the season opening this Friday at Snyder, he said the team is hungry and ready to play this game.

“We have put a lot of stuff in since August when we had five guys and now it has been getting these other guys in here,” McGough said. “I am a big believer in letting kids play basketball and I’m not going to go up there and chain them up, so we have been getting up and down the floor.”

The Bronchos will have one senior in Kole Scott who will play as the leader on the court. The team also brings another returner in Jace Waller who saw some minutes a year ago.

McGough has been in contact with Scott and knows Waller might be one of the best players in Class A Basketball and feels these two will help Central High get going this year.

While the rest of the lineup will be filled with some of the younger players, McGough said the rotation has bought into their roles and looks forward to the beginning.

“We will play eight guys every night and all other six of them do something different — that is better than the other one,” McGough said. “We are looking forward to get going.”

Coming off a 3-17 record a year ago, McGough hopes to send Scott off on a good note and get past the District Round and wants to see the team improve throughout the year.

“We have laid this down and this is something that we are starting to get these guys to buy in everyday and we want to take a step forward everyday,” McGough said. “We have to find a way to get better as a group and as individuals everyday. Little baby steps is fine and we have done it to this point … I think if we continue to do that we will put ourselves in a chance to make some noise.”

Tip-off for the Bronchos new season will take place after the Lady Bronchos around 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Snyder High School.

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