Bearcats lose scrimmage game

Published 2:25 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2016

By John Simpson


The Bainbridge boy’s basketball team fell short to Early County with a score of 61-54 in their scrimmage on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Early County. It was a rough loss, with the point swing coming in the 4th quarter after Bainbridge was outscored 23-6.

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That was all Coach Terry Smith had to say when asked about what happened in the 4th quarter. Coach added that they turned the ball over at least 20 times in the scrimmage.

However Coach Smith was appreciative of the scrimmage. He added that the game allowed for the team to see what its strengths and weaknesses are. One of those strengths came in the surprising form of sophomore Jeremiah Davis, who tied senior Maleke Lurry for leading scorer with 12 points. Senior Jacquez Bruton contributed 10 to be behind Davis and Lurry in scoring.

“He (Davis) is one of those guys that pretty much everybody here in Decatur County knows.” Said Coach Smith. “He can shoot it so he can spread the defense out, and he’s gotten better on defense.”

However the bad outweighed the good for the Bearcats. Coach Smith added that the Bearcats turned the ball over at least 20 times, and sent Early County to the line enough times to give them 31 free throws.

However the bad things game them knowledge of what they need to work on ahead of Tuesdays season opener. Coach Smith said he wanted to limit the rotation down and focus on breaking the press more efficiently. He also noted that the offense had to be more discipline.

Defensively Coach Smith wants to limit transition layups. Bainbridge allowed 12 transition points against Early County and Coach Smith says he wants that number cut in half.

As far as limiting the rotation, Coach Smith was unwilling to name the players he had in mind.