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Lee Rebels basketball coach Roy Champagne, right, and assistant Louie Means, are ready for tonight’s season opener.

Roster led by guard play

The Lee College basketball program expects to turn the corner once again following a disappointing campaign.

Lee finished last season with a 13-17 overall record with a 5-12 Region XIV mark before being promptly bounced from the conference tournament after one game.

Head coach Roy Champagne can only smile as he sees a new season on the horizon.

The Rebels open the campaign at 7 tonight against Lone Star College – Tomball as part of the Chick-fil A Baytown Classic.

Lee wraps the weekend at 6 p.m. Saturday against Baton Rouge Community College before hosting LSC-Kingwood at 7 p.m. Monday.

“I am more excited about this season then I have been in many years,” Champagne said. “I like these guys and I like their IQ. I like their competitiveness and they want to play basketball. These guys love to play.”

The team will consist of a perimeter-based roster and plenty of speed which will make up for a lot of inexperience.

“We are very guard oriented,” Champagne said. “But we have only three players that have played college basketball. The amount of threes we will make and take could make us unique this season.”

The last winning season for Champagne and the Rebels came in 2016-17 when they went 21-11 and finished second in the South division.

They don’t plan on changing course on their ultimate goal.

“We want, as always, to win a national championship,” Champagne said. “I would love to be undefeated at home and win the South division.”

Last year, the Rebels finished fifth in the south.

This first two games of the season is against club team in LSC Tomball before facing off with Baton Rouge, which is a true junior college.

“We expect to play well and win,” Champagne said. “The guys are really ready to going.  We have 12 games in 18 days, so they will get their feel of college basketball right out the gate.

“It will be a good tuneup weekend for the season.”

Barbers Hill 2019 grad Max Armer is a member of the Lee roster.

Games will be streamed via http://www.lee.edu/athletics/.

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