MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake boys basketball gets set for another season, its first under new head coach Jake Hunt.
Hunt said he’s excited for his first year at the helm after spending 22 years with the Moses Lake program.
“I’m excited to take the reins over for myself, put my stamp on it,” Hunt said. “We’ve got a big class of seniors coming back, six coming back, three of those were starters last year. So, potentially we can have three returning starters so I’m really excited to work with those young men.”
The new Moses Lake head coach said he isn’t trying to change much in his first year as head coach of the Chiefs, to help the comfort level of his seniors.
“I’m trying to keep the old stuff we’ve done and infuse it with some of the ideas I want to bring into the program as far as the pace we want to play with and kind of how we want to play what I see as a good style for us in the Big 9 and what is going to help us be successful.”
Hunt said his two captains, Kyle Karstetter and Logan Sperline, have done a good job helping to get the young players caught up on the vision of what they need to accomplish early into the season.
Defensively, Hunt said the identity with the program has always been to outwork and out-rebound their opponent.
“I think those have been two things that have been consistent, just our work ethic,” Hunt said. “And then, offensively, it’s just looking to push and establish our pace.”
The Moses Lake coach said they don’t have a traditional point guard on the team coming in, so he’s looking for whoever grabs the rebound to get out and run the floor. Establishing this, Hunt said, has taken a lot of work with not much time to work on it over the summer.
For his first season, Hunt said he’s just looking for his players to compete and play their best every night.
“If guys are willing to give me their best effort and compete, I’m good with that,” Hunt said.
Hunt said he can work to establish his own identity for the team, but it will be up to the seniors to decide on what the team’s identity to be.
“I think with those seniors establishing that identity, who are we gonna be whether we win, lose, or draw, people are gonna remember the Moses Lake Chiefs basketball program as that team,” Hunt said.
The Chiefs will open the season next Tuesday against Mt. Spokane.