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Trying to pick up the pace from last season in both tempo and victories, the Port Washington boys basketball team begins play next week.

The Pirates open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at South Milwaukee of the Woodland Conference. They then start North Shore Conference action at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at home against Milwaukee Lutheran.

Port will try to improve on a two-victory season in 2015-16.

"We are looking to bounce back from a tough season," coach Brian Hebein said. "We are not very big, so rebounding is a concern. We are athletic, so we will look to push the pace more this year and use our team speed to score and defend."

The top returning scorer is 6-foot junior Jordan Gardipee, who averaged 5.2 points last season and was second on the squad in 3-point field goals with 14.

"He started as a sophomore and is a talented shooter and rebounder for his size," Hebein said.

Oliver Giersch, a 5-9 senior, averaged 4.7 points and is a strong shooter who went 9-for-9 from the floor in one game last season.

Adam Baierl, a 6-0 sophomore point guard, was at 4.4 points per game and started a good number of games last season.

Zach Uselding, a 5-10 junior, scored 3.5 points per contest before injury cut short his season.

"I am looking for big things from him this season," Hebein said.

The Pirates will also look for help from 6-1 senior Jack Larson, 5-8 senior Matt Haggenjos and 6-2 freshman Evan Lilly, among others.

"We have good versatility and young players who gained valuable varsity experience last season," Hebein said.

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