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Bison gear up for another title run

Though the season is still young, the SKC Bison coach thinks his team is ahead of schedule in claiming their sixth AIHEC championship in the last seven years.

“You never really want to compare a team to other teams, but we’re ahead of where we were at this time last year and that’s all you can ask for,” said SKC coach Zachary Conko-Camel after watching his team go 6-5 in the first 11 games.

One thing that has Conko-Camel so confident this season is that he has more people than he can lean on every night to carry the scoring load than in past years.

“I have four kids I know I can count on every night. I have four kids I know are going to produce every night. We’ve never had that before,” Conko-Camel said. 

The four Bison are Sonny Eppinette, Dennis Sangrey, Marvin Lewis and Joe Chartraw. 

Eppinette has been in the middle of Bison’s past two championships. The 6-foot-6 center from Pawnee, Okla., never backs down from a challenge and can mix it up low or step outside and knock down a shot from long range. 

This season Eppinette will have something he hasn’t had in his previous two years at SKC; another post threat in  Chartraw. 

Conko-Camel said both Eppinette and Chartraw know what to do when they get the ball. 

“With Sonny and Joe we’re able to work the inside out game because they both make good decisions. When they touch the ball they can score and if it’s not there they know to get the ball back outside,” Conko-Camel said. 

In an inside-out game, once again, Sangrey will be the Bison’s main threat from the outside. The 5-foot-10 guard from Rocky Boy was one of the team’s 3-point leaders last year and can drive to the basket.

If Marvin Lewis drives to the basket he could be the Bison’s leading scorer. Conko-Camel said the 6-foot-4 forward is unstoppable when he doesn’t settle for fadeaways and attacks the basket.

While having four scorers you can count on day-in and day-out is great so early in the season, Conko-Camel would like to have six or seven scorers by the time they host the  AIHEC tournament in mid March.

Jason Enright is well on his way to becoming one of those scorers. Enright, who provided a spark for the Bison off the bench last season, has flourished in his starting role this season. Conko-Camel said Enright, a 6-foot-1 guard, can do a little of everything on the court. 

Conko-Camel said Ralston Moore, Josh Finn, Ethan Friedlander and Michael Williams can all come off the bench and give him some valuable minutes.

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