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Loch Raven’s Kevin Maultsby makes things look easy.

The 5-foot-9 guard with a nice touch from the perimeter averaged 20 points per game last year and knows how to get everybody involved in the offense.

“He is a shooter,” coach David Jones said of a player who is dangerous beyond the arc. “Whatever we need, Kevin puts the ball in the basket. People really have to game plan for him.”

Now, Jones said he needs more scoring from Maultsby’s teammates if the Raiders want to improve on last year’s 5-13 record.

“It’s hard on Kevin when he is averaging 20 and no one else is scoring in double figures,” said Jones, a third-year coach whose team suffered a first-round playoff loss to Owings Mills last winter. “It’s hard to win like that. We need other people to step up and score.”

Two candidates are senior forward Barry Lester (6-0) and senior forward/center Tavon Anderson (6-2), who will anchor the frontline.

Lester is one of the most well-rounded players on the team.

“We need a lot and we are asking a lot from both of them,” Jones said. “Barry does everything. Sometimes, he brings the ball up the floor. Sometimes, he boxes people out to the parking lot. He is very strong.  

“Tavon has made some strides,” he added. “He had some injuries over the summer, but he needs to come ready to play his senior year.” 

Jones also hopes five returning varsity players, senior guards Aaron James (6-0), James Fields (5-10) and Khalil Carter (5-9), senior forward Wendel Villa Carlos (5-11) and junior forward Tyree Robinson (6-4), will contribute.

“We are small, height-wise,” Jones said. “That’s our biggest issue. We have to push the ball and not get down on ourselves. We just have to keep playing.”

Three players promoted from last year’s JV, junior forward/center Tariq Davis (6-4) and junior guard Melvin Lucas (5-10) and Amado Laranang (5-8) are also competing for minutes.

Junior guard DeShawn Staten (5-9), a transfer from Mervo, and three first-year players, senior forward Donte Summers (5-11), senior guard Cordell Jimmerson (5-9) and senior forward Jay Smith (5-11) round out the squad.

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