BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys basketball team is looking to come back from an unusually poor season this year with its entire team intact from last year, and a goal of returning to a former glory.

The team will play its first game of the season Saturday morning, with its second of the season against Watchung Hills Monday.

"The Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers look to bounce back from an unusually poor season," said coach Gene McAteer. "A run of eight consecutive winning seasons was snapped last winter, and the young Panthers will strive for the program's ninth winning season in the last 10 years."

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McAteer said the season will not be easy because of three outstanding teams in the division that Bridgewater-Raritan will play both home and away.

The team ended the 2018–2019 season with a record of 5–19.

But this year, McAteer, the team is returning with two especially key players, starting point guard and three-year varsity player Alvin Cheng, Sr., and second leading scorer from last year, forward Alec Whelan, Jr.

Last year's team, McAteer said, shot 33 percent overall and 27 percent from the 3-point range. The team this year, he said, has an excellent attitude and work ethic, and great team chemistry.

"The Panthers are a great group of young men and are a pleasure to coach," he said. "Players who can consistently score the ball need to emerge."