FREDERICK — Coming into the season as one of the top returning 3-point shooters in the state, senior Chelton Lebon figured to be a major piece for the Frederick boys basketball team as it attempted to bounce back from a two-win season.
Let's just say Lebon has the green light to shoot the ball this school year.
"Since this is my last season, I just want it to be a good one," Lebon said. "I've been shooting the ball every time I get a chance and playing my hardest. Every time I go down the court, I just think score and I pull up whenever I get the chance. Like my coach says, if I pass the ball and I get it back, 'think score, attack, shoot.'"
Lebon entered conference play leading the Warriors in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game through the Warriors' first eight games. He was shooting 39 percent from the floor and had made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
In non-conference play, the Warriors (2-9, 0-3 Tri-Valley) have lost to three teams ranked in the latest Colorado AP top 10 poll - No. 1 Longmont (10-0), No. 3 Lewis-Palmer (9-1) and No. 6 Golden (7-3). So far in Tri-Valley League play, the last-place Warriors have faced all three front-running teams in the conference. They lost all three games but fell to Holy Family (7-3, 3-0) by only two points, played Mead (8-3, 3-0) to a 24-24 halftime tie and led 49-48 against Windsor (6-4, 1-0) after three quarters.
Based on how they've fared so far against the teams they've faced, Lebon said the Warriors have set their goal at winning the third seed in the Tri-Valley and cracking the 4A playoff bracket.
"We've been playing pretty well but we've had some tough competition," Lebon said. "Once we get farther into conference play, we'll do better. We're more motivated to get wins this year and we're playing a lot better."
The Warriors are still looking to put it all together and searching for wins moving forward, Lebon will be a big piece of that puzzle.
"We've played an extremely tough schedule and we have a lot of young kids who are learning how to finish games," Miller said. "Sometimes we have a hard time scoring the ball and we rely on Chelton a lot for that. He averages about 20 a game and he competes defensively and he works. He's a talented kid and he's a big part of our scheme."
The Warriors will play at Roosevelt (4-6, 1-2) tomorrow night.