Tonight is the home opener for the Centennial Knights basketball season as both teams will take on Blessed Trinity High School. The Knights boys and girls teams look to have a successful run this season in region play and prove that they can compete against some of the best teams in the area. Be sure to come out and support the Knights tonight as they begin their season at home! Here is our season preview for each of the teams:
The CHS Knights basketball team begins a new chapter this season under first-year Head Coach Matt Barksdale. Barksdale, a 2005 graduate of Centennial, comes home after a 5-year stint at LEAD Academy in Nashville, TN, where he compiled a 108-42 overall record.
“I’m excited to be back at Centennial and begin this journey with a great group of young men. The guys have been working hard all off-season and are ready to get the season rolling.” The Knights return a solid group of players, led by senior Colin Kahl, who drastically improved his game this summer. Kahl has recently picked up collegiate offers from Oglethorpe University and The University of the South. He will look to lead the Knights at the forward position to begin the season. The Knights also return sophomore guards in Logan Turner, KJ Spooney, and Kyle Duncan who look to secure the perimeter on defense and provide much of the offensive scoring for the team. As freshmen last season, this group got valuable playing time that will help the team build in year one under Barksdale. Turner and Spooney are ranked in the top 75 by Prep Hoops Georgia for the Class of 2021, with Turner ranking in the top 20.
Newcomer Kaleb Jordan, a junior point guard, will look to pace the Knights defensively while returning seniors PJ Pointer, Brady Emich, Miles Robertson, and Anthony Oliver will provide the experience and leadership the young Knights will need. “I’m excited about our potential,” said Barksdale. “Our goal is to learn and grow as the season progresses, and once February hits, we want to be playing our best ball and make a run for the Region Championship. If we play together, play our roles, and do the little things, we have a shot at it.”
This year the CHS Lady Knights basketball team has more continuity and consistency heading into the season as they begin their fourth year under head coach, John Domville and all of their returning players have at least one year of experience on the varsity level. They will look to use this experience as they head into the season and navigate through a tough region schedule.
Aerial Nathan and Divine Guthrie were each all-region honorable mentions last season and look to build upon their performance and move into consideration as two of the best players in the region. When asked about the season, Domville said that “I am most excited about having the depth that we do on our team. It is unique to not only have great depth but depth that has experience playing on the varsity stage. I think this experience will really help us in some of the close games in the middle of the season in region play and down the stretch.”
The varsity team looked strong in their opening scrimmage against Milton as they won 49-33 and they will look to continue this success in their home opener against the place where Domville’s played his high school basketball himself.