Boys’ Basketball Preview: Dreads rebuilding with new coach

Tim Fortescue had a successful run in his two years as head coach at Dexter before stepping down before the start of this year.

Dexter brought in former JV coach Tim Cain to take over the program and Fortescue not only left but he took with him most of the experience.

Cain doesn’t have a roster of veterans to work with in his first year on the Dexter varsity bench.

“They had eight or nine seniors last year so in a way we will be starting over,” said Cain, who was a Belleville assistant coach the past two years.

New coach. New players. And hopefully the same direction with a basketball program that has been very competitive for many years in the SEC White Division. The Dreadnaughts went 17-5 a year ago and finished second to Ypsilanti in the White. They lost to Ann Arbor Huron in a district final.

Dexter returns only four players off last year’s roster. Seniors Grant Katcher, Justin Eichoff, Michael Bradshaw and Jordan Scott are back and will provide some experience but plenty of talent.

The rest of the team will feature six juniors and two sophomores. And playing time is TBD.

“We have scrimmages coming up with Belleville, Huron and Skyline so I will be able to see exactly what we have,” Cain said. “Right now everything is very close. We don’t have much experience but the skill is there and it’s a very smart team.”

Dexter begins Monday at Brighton. The Dreads play next Thursday at South Lyon.

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