DESHLER — The Deshler boys basketball team lost some key seniors from last season, including Tribland’s leading scorer Peyton Dubbert. The Dragon poured in 19.6 points per game, tallying 451 on the year. But Deshler is going to have to fill the void left by Dubbert, though it may take a team effort to do so.
“We have some big shoes to fill on both ends of the floor,” said Dragons head coach Josh Nash. “But, we have some good experience returning.”
The Dragons do bring back some experience, including a trio of senior letter winners. Adam Roth, Holden Ruhnke, and Orlando Galvan are back for their final campaign, while juniors Trenton Buescher, Cayden Loomis, and Coltin Hansen hope to give Deshler plenty of depth and experience.
Deshler boasts some size thanks to the frames of 6-foot, 6-inch Buescher and 6-4 Roth. Hansen stands at 6-2 and Ruhnke is an even 6-feet.
Buescher leads all returners, having scored 11 points and hauled in 7.8 rebounds per game last season. Roth added 7.9 points per contest.
The Dragons went 14-9 last season and started the year 8-4. They’ll open the season with a pair of road games, traveling to Exeter-Milligan on Thursday and Silver Lake on Friday, before hosting their first home game on Tuesday against Meridian.
Deshler is one of four teams in the D2-8 subdistrict, joining Lawrence-Nelson, Red Cloud and Silver Lake. All four teams are part of the Twin Valley Conference — the Dragons went 5-0 against those other three last season.
Nash has spent the last 10 years at the helm for the Dragons. In his 17-year coaching career, he’s compiled a record of 188-161. The last time Deshler was at the state tournament was in 2008, and the last win the Dragons got in the state tourney was 2000.