BRATTLEBORO — One year after narrowly missing the postseason and losing nine games by nine points or less, the Hinsdale varsity boys basketball team likes its chances of getting back to the postseason.
Hinsdale's home opener is set for Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. versus Portsmouth Christian.
"Our goal is to get back to the tournament, but it's not something we talk about or focus on right now," said Pacers coach Carl Anderson. "We are just working to improve week to week and see where that takes us in the end."
The Pacers return a very good nucleus, with Dylan Harden set up for an all-state season alongside returning starters Arth Patel and Greg Howard.
"Dylan is set to have a very good season on the court," said Anderson. "He is an important part of what we do and a player who I think can do a lot of damage in the paint."
Howard is a shooter who Anderson expects to see attacking the rim more often this season.
"We are going to need him to rebound and with his ability, he should be very productive for us," stated the Hinsdale coach.
Patel is a forward who can get to the rim off the dribble while Ryan Lee gives Hinsdale good size at 6-2 and is a forward who can knock down shots.
Dan Tetreault is a good shooter who is able to stretch opposing defenses, while eighth grader Brayden Eastman is going to contribute right away.
"We have a good core of returners and a lot of young players ready to contribute," said Anderson.
Dec. 13 — at Wilton, 6 p.m.
Dec. 16 — at Concord Christian, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20 — host Portsmouth Christian, 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 — host Epping, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 — host Sunapee, 7 p.m.
Jan. 8 — host Concord Christian, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 — at Gorham, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 — host Wilton, 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 — host Derryfield, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 — at Sunapee, 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 — host Farmington, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 — host Mount Royal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 — host Nute, 5 p.m.
Feb. 4 — at Derryfield, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 — at Portsmouth Christian, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 — at Mount Royal, 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 — at Nute, 6 p.m.
Feb. 21 — at Epping, 6:30 p.m.