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2012-13 BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Tigers hope to reload

November 28, 2012
Bardstown High School

2012-13 BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Tigers hope to reload 

Bardstown boys' basketball team profile

By Gavin LaPaille

Head to a Bardstown boys’ basketball game this season, and you might have a hard time keeping up with the players on the court. That’s exactly the way the Tigers want you to feel.

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The Tigers will look significantly different after losing six seniors from a squad that came within one game of capturing their second straight 5th Region title. Head coach James “Boo” Brewer said this year’s team may lack the height featured on his previous rosters, but Bardstown should have a speed advantage on opponents.

“We wear other teams down with our defense,” junior shooting guard Marcus Cosby said. “We go up and down the court so quick; we don’t have as much size so that’s what we have to rely on.”

Despite four starters graduating from last season’s team, Bardstown will still have quite a bit of experience. Seven seniors are listed on the roster, including guard Devonte Grundy, who is expected to be the main gun for the Tigers. Other key players include Cosby, Dee Yocum and Seivon Schooling, all of whom will have to play major roles for Bardstown to equal their 25-10 record from last year.

Grundy said he expects his teammates to play well when the time comes.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year but hopefully we have some younger people step up,” he said.

With just seven home games on the schedule, the Tigers should be battle-tested when it comes time for the postseason. The players said they are most looking forward to a visit with Male High School on Jan. 12, and the annual rivalry games with districtmates Nelson County, Bethlehem and Thomas Nelson.

“The rivalry games are always big in Bardstown,” said Cosby, who will miss the early part of the season as he recovers from triple hernia surgery. “We always go at it a lot with them.”

Brewer said he looks at every game before the postseason as an exhibition until it is time for the district and regional tournaments. That philosophy has led the Tigers to back-to-back 19th District Championships and berths to the regional championship game in each of Brewer’s two seasons. Bardstown fell in the title game to John Hardin last season, but made the Sweet 16 in 2010, a place his team would like to get back to this season.

“I think all the games are going to test us,” Brewer said. “We’re going to get tested on the road. It’s a good thing for us because it’ll help us grow up with maturity.”

The team will open on the road against South Oldham on Dec. 4, and will have their first home game three days later against John Hardin. Brewer said he expects the team to start out slow as several players are just ending the football season. Once the Tigers get the right chemistry, he said the sky is the limit for this squad.

“Once we get together on a daily basis in practice and in games the season will look really good,” Brewer said. “Every day we have a scale 1-10 and I want my guys to practice at a 8.5 level on a consistent basis. Once we reach that, the sky is the limit.”

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