As the 2019-2020 Boys Varsity Basketball season begins, the Tigers look to win their 3rd straight state title. With three of their main players graduating and beginning college basketball, the returning players must fill bigger shoes.
The current players gain a new responsibility, but still have the same focus. Senior Tyler Coley, in his 2nd year playing varsity, says, “We are a new team and it's going to take a while to blend together. We will make it work though. I want to win. Simple.”
Newcomers on the team feel the pressure that comes with joining the varsity level. Players, who last year were apart of the Junior Varsity team, know that the competition is bigger and better on the varsity setting. “It is a different intensity, more competition, and you need to work harder this year for the final ride,” senior Cordell Neely, 1st year varsity player, says. Another former JV player, “Likes how serious it is.”
The tigers officially started the season last year with their first practice. “We played a couple of preseason games with each other. We didn’t play our best, but it wasn’t terrible either. With practice, we will be better. I have no doubt in my mind,” Senior Larry Rhabb Jr says. They begin their season with a game at Home on November 25, against Martin Luther.