Returning the core of last year’s MCSAA state championship team, the Crosspoint Christian School boys basketball Cougars are looking for more success in 2017-18.

“We will be in new territory as we begin the 2017-18 season,” Crosspoint Head Coach Scott Weldy said. “Over the last six years we have gotten used to being the younger team on the court with one to two seniors per year. This year we have seven seniors, three juniors, and one sophomore to fill our roster. I’m looking forward to how we will play this year. Having finished 23-2 and capping off the season with the second MCSAA State Championship in a row, there are some lofty expectations that will be upon us this year.”

Weldy feels there are players who will fill a variety of roles for the team.

“In years past, we have had some good players and several role players,” he said. “As we finished the season last year, I saw a lot of players step up that I think will help us be a well-rounded team on the floor, but also several players deep on the bench.”

Sam Coons surpassed the 1,000-point plateau last season and is the team’s top scoring threat.

AJ Nantz is the team’s playmaker, but is looking to do more.

“He has been working hard in the offseason to get stronger and more consistent with his shooting,” Weldy said. “With more weapons to feed this year, I see him finishing his career as a Cougar strong.”

Nate Davis stepped up at the state tournament and Weldy hopes he can continue to carry that momentum into the new season.

“Nate Davis had a breakout postseason scoring 18, 17 and 16 in the final three tournament games,” Weldy said. “His fearless attitude allows him to be able to defend and play against anyone.

Nick Blocker and David Coroama are two others who are key to Crosspoint’s success.

“Nick Blocker is our best pure shooter who is deadly at 15 feet,” Weldy said. “David Coroama played some good minutes for us last year and his heady defense and go-go-go attitude will give opponents trouble.”

Other players who could see considerable time include Luke Aholt, Isaiah Weible, Clay Williams, Aaron Lockwood, Jonathan Aholt and Issac Thomas.

Crosspoint starts its season with a conference home game Nov. 14 against Liberty Christian (Wright City). It’s a tripleheader with JV boys starting at 4:30 p.m. The girls game follows at 6 p.m. with the boys playing at 7:30 p.m.