SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After finishing last season with a 15-10 overall record, the Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team will look to compete for a Blue Division title this year.

Even though they've lost five key players to graduation, the Chargers still have a strong lineup that features several returning players including seniors Eric Dadika, Marlon Hart, Shawn O'Connor, Eric Labella and Dan Newton. Both Dadika and Hart are essential components at the guard position. Dadika averages 15 points per game while Hart averages 13.

Other returning contributors are juniors JT Vento and Andrew Fuzesi. Fuzesi averages around six points per game. At six feet two inches, Vento adds height to the forward position as well as point production, chipping in on average two to three points a game. Sophomore guard, Adbul Nieskens also adds depth to the Chargers' roster.

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Several newcomers to the varsity squad will be welcome additions. The group will look to make their mark on the court. This season's lineup will include senior guard, Andy Madsen and junior guard, Thomas Shapter. Sophomore guards, Justin Dekovics and Vinnie Guardiola along with forward, Nate Carone will be looking to see action as well.

Head coach Steve Mate has been the Chargers' long time coach, heading the boys varsity basketball team for the past 21 years. His record behind the bench at Spotswood High School is 273-214 while his lifetime coaching record is 313 wins and 255 loses.

The 2015-16 season opens on Friday, December 18 with a 7 p.m. away game in Clark against Johnson High School. The Chargers will play their first home game on Monday, December 21 at 6 p.m. against Carteret.