HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) -- The Hazard Bulldogs come into the 2013-14 season with high expectations, mainly because they return several players. However, there are some concerns -- like the lack of size on the roster.
"I think one of our biggest strengths is the fact that we have so many seniors this year so this is our last chance, and I feel like we will play with a chip on our shoulder," senior forward Collier Mobelini said.
"We pass the ball so well. No player on the team wants to get 20 points," junior guard Hunter Hardy said. "They just want to win the game so they do whatever it takes, really."
"This team can go as far as they want to go," junior forward Dusty Hughes said. "They just have to be willing to put in the work for it. They got the talent. We all got the talent. We just got to put forward and do it."
The Bulldogs fell to Perry Central in last year's district tournament -- and the other five times they lost to were by less than 10 points with the exception of one game. Flipping the script is what it's about this season.
"Late in the game we can all come together -- and not too many teams can do that -- because we just have chemistry," senior forward Chris Hudson, who just finished up his football season, said. "We have been playing together for a little while now."
"Nothing really concerns us," sophomore guard Griffin Wells said. "I think we do pretty good. I think we'll be all right."
"We have big Chris Hudson so that should help," Mack Hall, one of the other senior forwards, said. We are just going to do our best in there, trying to battle with all these big guys in this region."
"This year, we are going to look to run and gun more and just get the ball out and go instead of slowing it down," senior guard Josh Hollan said. "Last year, we had a bigger team so we pounded the ball in the paint. And this year, we are going to try to get it out and get some fast break points."
Head coach Al Holland also thinks he's got a team worthy of doing the ultimate.
"I like their effort," Holland said. "They give a good effort every day in practice. They have been working hard. We got five seniors and they know it is their last go around. It's going to be a strong 14th region. I feel good about our kids. I would not trade them for anybody. I like our kids, I like their work ethic and I'm just looking forward to the upcoming season."