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Kur, Cooper expected to play big role for MCS boys

If the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team is going to compete for a district championship this season, it will need big contributions from its seniors.

Mitchell Christian’s Ethan Cooper dribbles the ball during a game at the Fifth Annual Mike Miller Classic last year at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Mitchell Christian’s Ethan Cooper dribbles the ball during a game at the Fifth Annual Mike Miller Classic last year at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

If the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team is going to compete for a district championship this season, it will need big contributions from its seniors.

"We'll have a competitive team like we always do," head coach Dennis Martin said. "We're using some younger kids paired with the talent of our seniors. We're going to put up some wins and play to the best of our ability."

Senior 6-foot-10 center Majok Kur is expected to lead the Golden Eagles' frontcourt and be a dominating post presence inside.

"Obviously, he's going to touch the ball a lot for us in the post," Martin said. "It'll generate other things for the four other guys on the floor. His passing ability and low post improvement give us a big time chance down there. We expect big things from Majok offensively and defensively."

Kur made big strides in his development throughout the year, and came through for the Golden Eagles in their District 8B contest against Bridgewater-Emery with 20 points (going 9-of-10 from the floor) and 11 rebounds.

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Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for Mitchell Christian as the Golden Eagles ended their 2014-15 season at 7-14 with a 59-44 loss to the Huskies.

"Majok is looking forward to this opportunity for this year. He's been working hard all summer and attended a lot of basketball camps," Martin said. "We'll need some big things from him this year."

Another key player for the Golden Eagles is three-year starter Ethan Cooper, who will play both low and high for Mitchell Christian.

"We'll look to Ethan Cooper a lot this year for the experience he brings," Martin said. "He's very gifted athletically and brings a lot of leadership as a senior."

Other key contributors for Mitchell Christian includes Zach Bosworth, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, and Alec Nelson, a 6-foot freshman point guard.

With several key pieces returning from Mitchell Christian's core last season, Martin said his expectations are slightly raised for the 2015-16 season.

"Last year, our only goal was to get better," Martin said. "This year, we want to be peaking right at district time. We want to be better in district play this season."

Martin said a highlight of Mitchell Christian's season will be to participate in the Mike Miller Classic on Dec. 28 against Prairie Seeds Academy (Minn.) at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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"That's one game we're really looking forward to," Martin said. "I know our kids will be really excited to play in a venue like the Corn Palace in that atmosphere against competition we don't see very often. We don't know too much about our opponent yet, but we'll be ready when that date comes."

The Golden Eagles open their season against Iroquois at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Mitchell.

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