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ACGC has the scorers, but do the Falcons have the defense?

Falcons return all-conference players Miller and Lawver

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ACGC's Dawson Miller (right) looks for a shot as MACCRAY's Will Asche defends during the Case IH Invitational third-place game in Benson. Tom Larson / West Central Tribune

GROVE CITY — The good news for the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City boys basketball team for the upcoming season is that it arguably returns its best players in Dawson Miller and Steven Lawver.

Selected as the team’s MVP, Miller captured his second nod to the All-Conference team and made an appearance on the Tribune’s All-Area second team. The 6-foot-4 wing tossed in 23.9 points per game on 48/36/75 percent shooting split. He also earned team-highs with 10.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

As for Lawver, the 6-3 senior wing delivered 16.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals a contest. With those numbers, Lawver was also selected to the All-Conference team.

Moving on to the potential bad news, the Falcons and long-time head coach Terry Miller will have to clean up a defense that was very poor last season. Giving up 76.4 points during a 10-17 campaign, the team was the fourth-worst team in all of Class AA.

Nonetheless, Miller and his coaching staff believe the squad’s defense will improve because the Falcons are deeper.

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“When you return two all-conference players, it's a good place to start,” Miller said. “With that said, it will be our depth this season that will make us a better team. Last season we had to protect guys on the defensive end of the floor, which really limited us on defense. We will be a deeper, more athletic team this season which will hopefully add up to more wins.”

Senior guard Shelby Shoen is one of the team’s three returning starters. Meanwhile, Josh Kinzler, Zach Hinther, Ethan Lilleberg and Ethan Melberg are all newcomers that will bring toughness and versatility to the table.

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