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Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Countdown: No. 13 Charlotte Catholic

Charlotte Catholic boys are No. 13 in the Charlotte Observer preseason Sweet 16
Charlotte Catholic boys are No. 13 in the Charlotte Observer preseason Sweet 16

NO. 13 CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC COUGARS

Head Coach: Mike King (10th year as Charlotte Catholic basketball coach).

Coaching Career Record: 149-94.

2016-17 Record: 16-12 (10-4 in SoMeck8 Conference).

2017-18 Conference: Southern Carolinas’ Conference (SCC)/3A.

Returning Starters (5): Riley Berger, Sr., G (6-1); Matt Ciccone, Sr., F (6-7); Adam Robbe, Jr., G (6-0); Luke Harkins, Sr., G (5-11); Nick Scibelli, Sr., G (6-3).

Other Key Returnees: Garrett McKinstry, Sr., G (6-1); Sean Rogan, Sr., G (6-0).

Outlook: Charlotte Catholic returns all five starters, including four seniors in Berger (7 ppg), Ciccone (7 ppg), Harkins (8 ppg) and Scibelli. Expect Charlotte Catholic to challenge for a SCC title in their first year in the league. The Cougars will also be a team no one wants to play in the postseason -- with a balanced, senior heavy lineup -- a familiar formula that also helped them win the 2016, 4A state championship.

--JAY EDWARDS

Other ranked teams

No. 14 Piedmont

No. 15 East Lincoln

No. 16 Concord

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