The Badger basketball team got a key win against Pettus last Tuesday as it makes the shift from football to basketball. The boys have had some struggles with a record of 1-5 as of last week, but are still keeping their heads high for district, which begins Dec. 18.
The boys struggled early, but got a key win Tuesday, Dec. 4, against Pettus. Devontrey Forth led the team with 17 points and Paul Kinney chipped in another12 points in the win 69-46.
“Most of the kids are coming from football,” Head Basketball Coach Jeremy Gamez said. “And because we had such a great season of football, the playoffs ran into basketball season. Other schools have had three full weeks of practices and games. That being said our record really doesn’t reflect how good we could be.”
Another adjustment is a new coaching style, shifting from Coach Sean Armstrong to Coach Gamez.
“The kids are picking up the new system and are working hard,” Coach Gamez said. “It’s going to take some time to adjust to the new way of playing, but things look promising.”
Along with football this year’s team will have plenty of senior leadership, and some rising juniors and sophomores as well.
“This season should be really good,” senior Philip Vaughan said. “We have a group of guys that are real close to each other and know the game of basketball. If we execute on the court we should be unstoppable.”
These first handfuls of games have not been up to the expectations of this season, but should definitely improve with time and practice. Now that the boys are into basketball full time they should be able to pick things up.
“The first couple of games were like riding a rollercoaster,” Coach Gamez said. “At times we played really well, and other times not well. We have things to build on and some things to improve. We are looking forward to this week’s practices and tournament games.”
The boys travel to Goliad this Thursday through Saturday for its tournament.