Douglas Boys’ Basketball Seeks Revenge After a Nail Biter in the State Finals Last Season

Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 3:00 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Last season, the Douglas Bearcats boys’ basketball team were just a single point away from capturing their first state title since 2002. Instead, they lost to Rawlins by a final score of 40-39 in the state finals last year.

Since then, it’s been a long offseason for the team as they’ve marked their calendars for opening tip off. Many of the players have been waiting for this moment as they used it as motivation preparing in the off season.

Senior Levi Curtis, who led Douglas in scoring last season, said, “That’s been in the back of my mind since it happened you know. Since the second that buzzer sounded, I’ve just been thinking about that this off season, just using that as fuel you know. I think the whole team has, the coaches have, it’s just been burning just that revenge feeling we want that and we’re going to come back and we’re going to get it.”

Last season Douglas had an in-conference record of 6-0 and an overall record of 24-4. They led in the conference in points allowed per game, only letting up an average of 41 points per game.

Even though the Bearcats are losing seven seniors from last years team, they are still bringing back four all conference players in Levi Curtis (Sr.), Nate Halquist (Jr.), Jackson Hughes (Sr.), and Trey Rinn (Jr.). Douglas as a team last season was second in scoring in the 3A conference, averaging 59.5 points per game.

Head Coach Chase Plumb, who’s entering his fifth season, wants to push the tempo even more than last year with this group. He stated, “You know we’re going to play a little bit faster even than we did last year. Last year I think we led the 3A in three pointers, and three pointers attempted we’re going to try to even exceed that mark this year. We’re going to play fast, we’re going to try to get a lot of outside shots because we got the personnel to do so. We’re not quite as deep as we were last year, but the kids that we have played so many games and so much experience that they’re going to be able to handle the minutes they get this year.”

Douglas will begin their revenge tour on December 9th against Southeast.