Coach Zach Parr has a more experienced Lakewood High School boys basketball team and readily admits he also has room for growth entering his second season.

Coach Zach Parr has a more experienced Lakewood High School boys basketball team and readily admits he also has room for growth entering his second season.

"We have five guys (seniors Ryan Mack, Adam Parlet, Ryan Davis and Jarrod Rock and junior Bryan Large) who started at some point last year and another kid, (junior) Ross Watts, who saw a lot of time," said Parr, whose Lancers open Friday against Thornville Sheridan. "That's six guys who have played an awful lot of varsity minutes the past couple of years."

Parlet, a 6-foot-2 wing player, missed much of last season with a broken finger, but as a sophomore he was the team's second-leading scorer. Davis, who was honorable mention all-district in Division II, is a versatile 6-4 forward who can play every spot. Rock is the point guard and Mack (6-6) is a center.

The roster features seven seniors, including guards Larry Poindexter and Matt Porter. The other one is Garrett Klein, a 6-1, 200-pound forward who will have an expanded role once he returns from an ankle injury.

"We have decent size, definitely, and some experience on the perimeter," Parr said. "We have to take advantage of that when we can."

Also look for juniors Dave Whittington, Justin White and Allen Rigsby. The 6-2 Rigsby attended Heath last year.

Watts, another guard, showed considerable promise in several games a year ago, and one was a 54-47 loss to Columbus East in the first round of the Division II district tournament as the Lancers finished 4-17. They went 2-12 in the MSL-Ohio Division won by Columbus Academy (13-1). The first league game this year is Dec. 9 against Newark Catholic.

The Lancers were unable to build after opening 3-3 a year ago, but six of the losses were by four or fewer points.

"I take responsibility for that," Parr said. "The kids put us in a position to win so many nights. I have to do better when we have those opportunities."