Eagles set their goal: playoff meeting with Dunbar F.S. Key BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The ultimate accomplishment for the Francis Scott Key boys basketball team this season would be to play national power Dunbar in the state 1A regional semifinals.

No one around Key even dares to think the Eagles (4-19 last season) could come close to the powerful Poets.

But just getting on the same floor with a school that always has one of the top teams in the nation would be a dream come true for a smallish and rather slow Key squad.

Believe it or not, a Key-Dunbar matchup in the regionals is not that much of a long shot.

Dunbar figures to be the top seed and would receive a first-round bye in Key's region.

All the Eagles most likely have to do to meet Dunbar is qualify for the 1A regionals as they have the past two seasons and win an opening-round game.

However, getting that victory in the first round has been a major problem the past two seasons for Key.

The Eagles lost to a higher-seeded Poolesville team by three points in 1991 and 12 points last season.

"We need to get Poolesville on our home court this season," said Key coach Jeff Cook. "To do that we have to play around .500 ball. We've been in a lot of close games in the past and if we could win some of them, we could make it to .500. It would be super for us to play a great team like Dunbar."

Cook has four starters back, but unfortunately for Key, none taller than 6 feet 2.

Senior point guard Scott Kreit (6-2) is expected to carry most of the scoring load for the Eagles in his fourth season on the varsity. Kreit averaged 15.0 points last season.

Kreit has decent quickness, drives well to the basket, gets a lot of offensive rebounds and comes up with a lot of steals.

The other three returning starters are seniors Paul Coale, John Engel and Jason Smith. Sophomore Steven Wright and senior David Ruskey complete the top six players for Key.

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