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Future of Lindbergh's boys' basketball relies on key scoring players from 2002-2003 squad

The Lindbergh High School boys' basketball team won seven of its final eight games last season before a heartbreaking 75-72 loss to Vianney in the district championship game.

Lindbergh finished out the season with a mark of 14-13 and a record of 3-4 in Suburban West Conference play. The future of the Flyers will rely on the play of several key players from the 2002-2003 squad, including two of the team's top four scoring threats from last year.

"Right now, we're still trying to put together our team," head coach Ken Libby said. "We've got five guys that played football and we're working them into the team."

Richard Williams returns this season after leading the Flyers with 11 points per game, 87 assists and 43 steals last season. The junior guard will be one of the key pieces to the puzzle of Lindbergh's success this year.

"What dictates as to how we play will be in his hands," Libby said. "Richard will dictate tempo of the game with his ability to run our ball club and break down defenses. He's also one of our better shooters on the team."

Also returning is senior forward Chris Geisz, who is the Flyers' top rebounding threat from last season after pulling down 6.2 rebounds a game, while averaging 8.3 points per game. Geisz also recorded 44 assists, 28 steals and 24 blocks during the 2002-2003 season.

"Chris is our leading returning rebounder and obviously we look for his presence inside," Libby said. "We'll need him on both ends of the floor."

Senior guard/forward Justin Faerber also should figure into the mix as well as senior forward Ryan Kirschner who currently is out with a broken rib and is expected to be out until Christmas.

Faerber averaged 3.9 points per game last season, while generating 41 assists and 19 steals. Kirschner posted similar numbers for the Flyers last season with 3.8 points per game, 54 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and three blocked shots.

"Justin's a wing player that can also handle the point," Libby said. "He's one of our best defensive players."

Libby is looking to senior guards Mike Mohrman, Nick Cepicky and senior forward Brian Campbell to have an increased role on the team this season.

"Those guys will play a much more needed role than last year," Libby said. "We're going to expect a lot out of them this year."

After opening the season at Rockwood Summit this past Tuesday, the Flyers will travel to Memphis, Tenn., Saturday as they play Bartlett, which won the class AAA state championship in 2001.

"Bartlett is one of the powers in not only Memphis, but the mid-south region," Libby said. "They're a very good team and they won state a couple years ago."

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