Gulf Coast men's basketball team looking to improve this season

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PANAMA CITY, Fla- The Gulf Coast men's basketball team will start the year on the road and they will try to improve their record from a year ago will an almost entirely new team.

The Commodores finished last season with a disappointing 18-11 record with just a 5-7 conference record. This year's team isn't predicted to be much better but Coach Jay Powell and crew plan to prove their critics wrong.

"I'm from a small town is western kentucky, so to be the head coach at Gulf Coast Community College with the people I grew up with and my family, I've already overachieved." Coach Jay Powell said. "That's what I plan to instill in this team. We're going to overachieve and we're going to have a good time doing that, and it's really going to benefit these men."

This team is vastly different from a year ago, there are 9 new players on the team, some of which have played for division 1 programs.

"It's nice to have those men because they have been through the fire a little bit, they've conditioned and trained at the division one level. And I expect all of those players to be a part of our 8 man, possibly 9 man rotation," added Powell.

Coach Powell is already guiding the team through adversity after his leading returning player, Javon Dawson, tore his ACL in pre-season practice, and is out for the season.

"We've really tried to make a quick and drastic change." Powell said. "We were going to try and control the tempo alot, we really saw him as a 20-25 point man, with 10-15 rebounds a night. Our 6-9 post player, who's a D-1 transfer runs well, and our guards have pretty decent athletic ability so we're going to try to use that to our advantage."

If the Commodores want to make a run at the conference title with these new faces they will have to gel quickly and play consistently this season.

The team opens the season Friday in Aiken South Carolina against Aiken Technical College.

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