Eighth grade team chases Indians back to Seminole County
Published 12:09 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014
David Smart led the eighth grade Bearcats with 13 points Thursday evening against the Seminole County Indians, his team ultimately dominating them 65-27 at the Coliseum.
The first string team took the court and had already poured in 28 points by the end of the first quarter.
The Indians had only managed to put up three points of their own.
Head coach Heith Maxwell switched in his backup players for the second quarter. They competed well and put up another 13 points for the Bearcats. The halftime buzzer sounded with the score 41-9.
Maxwell said the impressive amount of points scored by his players was because of the repetition and group-based practices they have been running.
“At practice each day we have a group period,” Maxwell said. “I work with the post, who have really improved dramatically, and the guards normally put up about 100 shots at practice apiece.”
The Bearcats played aggressively, taking advantage of any opportunity to steal a ball, force a turnover or outplay their opponents.
“A lot of the points came off transition fast breaks from open court steals,” Maxwell said.
Behind Smart was Desmond Thomas with nine points. Dontavius Kinder scored eight points and Deante Gardner put in six points.
Maxwell said his players had fun playing the Indians and the game allowed him to test out the team’s depth.
“It was a chance for some of the less experienced players to get some playing time,” he said.
The Bearcats travel to Donalsonville next Monday to play the Indians at 5:30 p.m.