The boys basketball team at Bridge City has a new head coach. Randall Robertson spent three years as an assistant coach in Louisiana where his school won a state championship and finished runner-up twice.
Four seniors are returning for the Cardinals and serve like assistants on the floor for Robertson. Point guard and leader on the court is Zeke Champagne. He communicates with the other players very effectively for the coach.
Returning starter at post is Kolten Weeks. He is strong and a force in the paint for Bridge City. Weeks does a good scoring down low, getting rebounds, and dishing the ball out to open shooters. “He was on a playoff team for the Cardinals his sophomore year,” Robertson reminded.
Coach Robertson looks to 6-3 forward Beau Martin to be the team’s stretch man or trailer which he does very well. Martin is playing more aggressive gathering rebounds and scoring more for Bridge City.
Another senior starting at guard is Noah McFarland. He can do it all for the Cardinals as a ball handler with great vision and can shoot pretty well. Robertson praised, “He’s another coach on the floor, a really smart kid.”
Bridge City has a wealth of eager younger players as Robertson pointed out. The fifth starter is sophomore Grant Boudreaux who saw a little time on the varsity as a freshman and will be the go to guy when a bucket is needed. Boudreaux can be point guard or shooting guard. He had a huge game early in the season with seven three-pointers and 32 points against Nederland.
Newcomers to the varsity include Ethan Morgan and Austin Richardson. Both are coming from football and play basketball with a good intensity. Morgan provides good defense and hustle for the Cardinals while Richardson will be a spark for the offense coming off the bench.
At post is Ray Epperly who has a little injury problem to start the season, but will get good minutes when he comes back according to Coach Robertson. Braydon Little is a forward who can slide in to play post for Bridge City. Little is another footballer who is not afraid to bang with bigger posts to battle for rebounds and loose balls.
There are two other good young players in the Cardinals’ nest. Freshman Ethan Oceguera will play on the varsity just like he did in football this past season and will later on the baseball team. He is a guard who can do it all for the Cardinals. Bryson Constance is a sophomore at small forward. He plays hard, will take charges, grab rebounds, dive for loose balls, and is the kind of high energy player
Robertson likes to have on the floor.
The Cardinals started their season strong winning four of their first five games. Coach Robertson believes Bridge City has the talent to be a playoff team this year. Preseason prognostications show Bridge City finishing fourth in district, but Robertson predicts the Cardinals could go as high as third behind district opponents Silsbee and Hardin-Jefferson while shooting for the district title. “It’s a very tough district,” Robertson concluded.