The Mohigans started out 12-2 and were ranked No. 3 in AAA at the time, with Adrian averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds. They beat teams such as Martinsburg, Washington and Parkersburg South (twice) - teams that all wound up making the state tournament field.
But with Adrian out, as well as 6-4 senior Austin Agnew (lost at midseason with a torn ACL and meniscus), Morgantown fell four times in 10 games, including setbacks to Wheeling Park, University, Fairmont Senior and Woodrow Wilson.
Adrian sparked the squad upon his return in the postseason, scoring 12 points in 11/2 quarters in a sectional finals comeback win against University and 20 points in the regional against Park.
Yester hopes his players continue to find their rhythm with Adrian back in the lineup.
"Nathan's got to play big, obviously,'' Yester said, "and [Nick] Colasante has to handle the ball well and [Dean] Marshall has to take it to the rim. All those things have to happen for us to be successful.
"It should be no problem [getting adjusted to Adrian again]. These kids are very intelligent. They know who our best player is, no problem. We've got six seniors - though [Agnew] is out injured - and they've played with each other for a long time. They get along well. I've never seen any jealousy or what-have-you.''
SC expects the return of leading scorer A.D. Cunningham (13.6), who sat out the regional with a knee injury.
The two teams played a single regular-season game in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, with the Mohigans winning each time by eight and 12 points, respectively.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.