BCS basketball eyes return trip to state
Warriors join Peninsula Conference
BCS senior Mike Rud deflects a pass intended for a Lumen Christi player during the opening round of the Lumen Classic on Dec. 13.
The series of firsts continue for Birchwood Christian School’s boys basketball team.
After winning the first Central Interior Conference title and earning the first state tournament berth in school history, the Warriors are entering their first season as a member of the Peninsula Conference this year.
“I think we’ll match up pretty well,” BCS senior Mike Rud said following an opening round 54-50 loss at the Lumen Christi Classic to the tournament host Dec. 13.
The Archangels — who placed third at the 2011 Class 2A state tournament — are now on a short list of new conference foes the Warriors have actually seen in action.
“We’re going in blind,” Warriors’ head coach Robert Vickers said.
But that fact doesn’t diminish the goals set by Birchwood for this year, Rud said.
“I have high hopes,” he said. “I’m hoping for another state berth. That’s a big goal of ours.”
Last season, the Warriors were perfect in conference play and capped a record-setting season with a third-place finish at the 2A state tournament.
Playing clean basketball will be key if BCS wants to contend with the best of the Peninsula Conference, Rud said.
“Not playing sloppy,” he said. “Make good passes.”
Rud — who was named to the Central Interior Conference all-tournament team last season — is one of five returners who played significant minutes last year for BCS. The others include seniors David Rud, Caleb Duplessis and Chris Manning and sophomore Tyler Keiffer.
2012 graduates Isaac Foreman and Dylan Keiffer — both solid defenders — won’t be easy to replace, Vickers said.
To compete in their new conference, the Warriors must be in shape, Vickers said.
“We need more conditioning,” he said. “We need to be able to run the court the whole game.”
Converting on offense is also essential, Vickers said.
“Our shooting percentage needs to go way up,” he said.
Vickers said he’s looking forward to the challenge playing in a new conference offers.
“It’s gonna be a fun season,” he said.
The Warriors opened their season with a fourth-place finish at the Lumen Classic.
BCS rebounded from an opening round loss to trounce Grace Christian 41-19 on Friday, Dec. 14.
In Saturday’s fourth/sixth place match, Birchwood downed Wasilla Lake Christian 48-39.
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