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BRATTLEBORO — James Pecsok has taken over as the head coach for the Leland & Gray varsity boys basketball team, which is coming off of a 4-17 season.

"We have a lot of guys in the gym and everyone is working hard and very much on the same page," Pecsok mentioned. "Seven are returning to varsity this year, led by our sole senior, Chris Bovat."

Bovat was 14-of-34 from the charity stripe and also made nine baskets as a junior.

Liam Towle and Matt Dunn are the team's leading returning scorers, with 114 and 102 points scored during the 2018-19 regular season, respectively. Matt Emerson buried 13 shots from downtown last winter and racked up 69 points.

The Rebels, who were seeded 13th and fell to No. 4 Peoples Academy 55-32 in a first-round playoff game on March 5, will open up at MSJ on Friday at 7 p.m. Their home opener is set for Dec. 16.

Leland & Gray roster: Coach — James Pecsok. Senior — Chris Bovat. Juniors — Riley Barton, Matt Dunn, Matt Emerson, Luke Parker-Jennings, Kristian Pierson, Trevor Plimpton, Marcus Pratt, Liam Towle, Owen Woodard. Sophomores — Aden Bernard, Jeremy Graves.

Rebels' schedule

Dec. 13 — at MSJ, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 — host Arlington, 7 p.m.

Dec. 19 — at Poultney, 7 p.m.

Dec. 23 — at Springfield, 7 p.m.

Dec. 27 — host West Rutland, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30 — at Arlington, 7 p.m.

Jan. 4 — host Poultney, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 — at Bellows Falls, 7 p.m.

Jan. 13 — host Long Trail, 6 p.m.

Jan. 23 — at Rivendell, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 — host Bellows Falls, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 28 — host Twin Valley, 7 p.m.

Jan. 30 — at Long Trail, 6 p.m.

Jan. 31 — at White River Valley, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4 — at Green Mountain, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 — host Rivendell, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 — host Proctor, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 — at Twin Valley, 7 p.m.

Feb. 18 — host White River Valley, 7 p.m.

Feb. 20 — host Green Mountain, 7 p.m.

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