Streaky Bulldogs Take The Road In Need of Wins
January 18, 2014By Scott Wallace of Fisk University
Nashville natives Darrell Miller and Cameron Lewis are battling for the conference scoring lead
So far this season Head Coach Jay Smith’s Fisk Bulldogs (7-10, 1-2 GCAC) have been a streaky team. After winning their opener, Fisk lost four games in a row. They then went on a three game winning streak to reach the .500 mark. After a home victory over Tennessee Temple on December 5th, the team was 6-5 and was feeling good about themselves. Then the bottom fell out.
“We had some injuries and some internal issues in December,” said Coach Smith. “Our starting point guard has been out and our two top scorers. With the schedule we play I don’t know too many teams that can withstand that. We don’t make excuses here but being shorthanded has not helped our cause any.”
NAIA All American Darrell Miller last played December 15 against Tennessee State. He is nursing a knee injury and has missed six games this season. Junior Cameron Lewis missed the first two Gulf Coast Athletic Conference games (both losses) but came up huge against GCAC foe Voorhees College on January 16 scoring a career high 33 points. His thunderous dunk with his team up two points was a key to the win. Point guard Rashard Williams has missed the last three games and Austin Watkins missed most of the Voorhees game with an injury.
“Seems like when we get one back, another goes down.” Said Lewis who is leading the GCAC in scoring. I was determined to play good when I got back. I got hot early then tapered off some. The Voorhees game was a team win if I have ever seen one. Every player dress made some type of contribution to us winning. When we get back to full strength we will be tough to beat.”
Starting Saturday the Bulldogs will play four out of five of their next games on the road. Saturday’s game against Dillard (La.) University and Monday’s against Tougaloo (Ms.) are GCAC games. The next three games are out of conference. This is a pivotal time for the team to come together.
“We want this road trip to be a good one,” said Smith. “We have been streaky all year so we might as well start a winning streak again. Being on the road is tough but it does have its good points. We hope that we can bond. We have a strong alumni base so we hope to see them come out.”
Bulldog Freshman Leonard Hall