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NTL BOYS BASKETBALL: ATHENS' LISTER EXCITED FOR 2021-22 SEASON AS PRESEASON OPENS (2021-11-24)

By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS "” Second-year Athens coach Jim Lister has been looking forward to the 2021-22 campaign, and he has good numbers at his disposal the season.

"I've been looking forward to this season," said Lister. "I'm really excited for this team.

"Our numbers are good. We have five seniors coming back - our entire starting five is back, which is great.

"And, we have a good mix," added Lister. "We have several juniors and sophomores, and eight incoming freshmen, who are very talented basketball players."

Lister said his team has been building toward the regular season with a strong offseason.

"Our offseason was very good," he said. "Our AAU traveled all over the place and was very successful.

"And, we had a good summer league at Waverly, which is always competitive and fun," noted Lister. "We got to the finals there, but came up a little bit short against Watkins Glen.

"The kids had a great experience there," Lister added.

Lister said his team will be challenged in its preseason scrimmages.

Athens hosts Horseheads Dec. 1, Tioga Dec. 2 in a JV-only scrimmage, and Corning on Dec. 3 in a varsity-only competition.

"I'm excited about our scrimmage schedule, too," he said. "We will get some good preseason competition heading into our openers at the Johnson City Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 10."

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior J.J. Babcock. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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