SENECA — For the first time in a couple seasons, 14-year Seneca head coach Will King will have to contend with changes in the starting lineup after the graduation of Spencer Brattin, Zack Dunnam, and Nate Williams.

The Indians do return their big men inside — seniors Cameron Brattin and Gavin Dunnam, who both cracked the starting lineup when they were freshmen and have been steady, strong forces for the Indians over their high school careers.

“We’ve got a different mix,” King said. “Of course, the two bigs are back. It seems like they’ve been playing ball for seven or eight years, but this is their fourth year. We’ve got a few new guards in the mix. We’ve got some new sophomores. Brett Reeves and Gavin Clouse are two leaders for us, as well, at the guard position and they did some great things (Monday night). Our bigs battled and the sophomores did some good stuff.

“We know each game’s going to be a battle and to just bring that intensity every time, we can be successful. In our program, we talk about two things. Hard work and good attitudes. If we can have those two things, these kids will be successful in life and that’s what it’s all about.”

Brattin averaged 10.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Dunnam averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.

In a season-opening win over Neosho, senior guard Brett Reeves — who lettered his junior season — sparked the Indians with 18 points and a host of guards ranging from Gavin Clouse and Gerald Russell to Isaiah Grotjohn and Preston Armstrong provided Seneca an effective inside-outside balance, an element the Indians have had during the last couple seasons.

The Indians open their season with back-to-back tournaments — the Carthage Invitational after Thanksgiving and then their own home round-robin invitational next week.

Seneca won its home invitational last season and the Indians attempt to defend their crown with games against Miami, Oklahoma (Thursday), Diamond (Friday), and Monett (Saturday). The Cubs of Monett have replaced fellow Big 8 school Lamar in the four-team field.

Seneca opens Big 8 Conference play January 12 against McDonald County.

No.    Player
2    Josh Caputo
4    Jake Thurston
5    Brett Reeves
11    Gavin Clouse
13    Gerald Russell
22    Isaiah Grotjohn
23    Payden Armstrong
25    Preston Armstrong
34    Cameron Brattin
35    Gavin Dunnam

Nov. 27-Dec. 2 — Carthage Tournament
Dec. 7-9 — Seneca Tournament
Dec. 15 — vs. Neosho
Jan. 2 — at Nevada
Jan. 4 — vs. Miami
Jan. 5 — vs. Diamond
Jan. 9 — at Purdy
Jan. 12 — vs. McDonald County
Jan. 16 — vs. Southwest
Jan. 18-20 — Jay Tournament
Jan. 23 — at Carl Junction
Jan. 25 — at Pierce City
Jan. 30 — at Lamar
Feb. 2 — vs. Aurora
Feb. 6 — at East Newton
Feb. 8 — vs. Monett
Feb. 9 — vs. Conway
Feb. 13 — at Mount Vernon
Feb. 15 — at Cassville