SPRINGER — As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

SPRINGER — As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Alas, a winning basketball program falls under the same time frame.

But, there is reason to believe in Cardinal country for the Springer High School boys basketball team.

After obtaining a double digit win total last season, something which hadn’t been seen in the last three seasons prior, head coach Caleb Fulton is certain his kids are hungry enough to get over the hump which is the district tournament and return to the regional tournament for the first time since 2016.

However, during the summer months, Fulton has been much more focused on getting his players in shape, and finding out just who is going to be leading them on the court and in the locker room.

“Our biggest thing has been developing chemistry together,” Fulton said. “We’re very inexperienced in a lot of areas. A lot of the time we’ll have three to four freshmen on the floor. But those are the people I’m going to be depending on this season. For us it’s about growing as a team and trying to get better every single day.”

A crucial part of the Cardinals success this season will depend on its returning players.

Among the Springer kids expected to make an impact is sophomore standout from last season Malik Brown.

During his debut season for the Cardinals, Brown was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 11.4 points per game while shooting 33.2 percent from the field. 

He was also second on the team averaging 3.3 rebounds per game along with a team-leading four assists per game.

The Cardinals will need other players like Tristan Amaya who will be a junior and averaged 3.8 points per game along with fellow junior Trent Harvey who averaged 5.2 points per game to make up for the void which has been left due to the graduation of five seniors.

Among that group of departed players was leading scorer Jacob Perry who totaled 14.3 points per game last season and shot 40.5 percent from the field.

“We’re going to have to develop leaders out here,” Fulton said. “Leadership is about leading by example first and foremost. Our biggest thing is we’re wanting to see who is going to step up. There’s several kids who could make an impact, but it’s going to take commitment and hard work. Again though it all comes back to chemistry for these kids and wanting to work hard and earn things the right way.”