DEXTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - The General Brown boys' basketball team made it to the sectional finals in the 2018-2019 season, one to remember for coach Jim Covey's team.
General Brown posted a 20-4 overall record, 8-1 in Frontier League play, and made it to the Dome for the Section 3 Class B final, where they lost 77-47 to Frontier League rival Lowville.
"It was special, it was a great run," Covey said. "I don't think a lot of people thought they'd see us in the Carrier Dome last year, so I was really proud of the way my team down the stretch played with poise and I really feel like we maximized our potential."
But this is a new year and the Lions have some big shoes to fill.
Covey lost four of the five starters and 80 percent of his offense from that team, which means the Lions will be turning to some role players and new faces up from JV to step up this season.
"Losing those four seniors from last year, a lot of people are going to have to step up," guard Nick Lennox said, "and it's definitely a bigger role for the returning players."
"I feel like this team will definitely get better," said Tyler Fiske. "We've been playing together since fourth, third grade -- all the way up and I feel like, yeah, we just, it's just we're gonna have to work harder and deal with what we're left with, I guess."
"I think as the season goes along, we're definitely gonna get better," De'shaun Thorigal Brown said. "It started off rocky, but we've been progressing.">
The Lions' start to the 2019-2020 season has been encouraging, with a 4-point win over Watertown and a 43-point win over Immaculate Heart.
Covey says his goals for this season are simple.
"It's a different year and, you know, we have different goals and depending on what happens, but my goal for this year's team is for us to be competitive and continue to improve."
If the Lions continue to improve, look for them to once again challenge Lowville for the top spot in the Frontier League B Division this season.