SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- Last year's Spring Valley High boys basketball team won the Section 1 Class A title, and a regional title before losing in the NYS semifinals and finishing at 24-2.
Tigers coach Willie Worsley, in his 16th year with the team (and 29th year coaching), lost the first eight players in the rotation from that championship team, but returns five players from last year's squad, and has some new, young talent he believes will impact the team.
"I'm excited about the energy they've shown me," Worsley told Daily Voice after a recent scrimmage. "They hustle, and they seem to like each other, and they play together. My only concern is a lack of experience. Hopefully after a few more scrimmages we'll be ready to play."
Worsley, who was a guard on the historic Texas Western Miners basketball team that was the first all-black team to reach (and win) the NCAA championship game (in 1966), talked about what his team needs to do in order to taste some success this winter.
"I need for them to believe in each other," Worsley said, "I need for them to have some continuity, and really go out there and play their game."
Spring Valley opens the 2015-16 season Dec. 9 at Saunders.
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