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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bardstown Tigers looking to roar again this season

February 15, 2013
Bardstown High School

Coach Brewer getting team back to peak form


Darren George

Special to The Kentucky Standard      

In the midst of the cold weather over the past few days, the Bardstown Tigers boys basketball team, which remains hot, has reeled off three wins in a row as of late.

Bardstown got past Shelby Valley this past Friday evening 69-56, and rolled in the night-cap 80-61 over Muhlenberg County as it hosted its annual Christmas Tournament.

The Tigers posted 25 wins last season, but started this year 0-2 with one of those losses to an always tough John Hardin ball club by five points back on Dec. 7.

“ We are a young team this season. We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores last year, but we had a really great summer,” said head coach James Brewer.

“I was looking forward to getting this season going. We are a very fast team and quite athletic. We try to pressure the basketball and run up and down the floor with our guys,” Brewer said.

“ It was a tough start this year going 0-2, but we didn’t panic. My guys didn’t panic, and they played hard against John Hardin, and we really should have won that game, up by 12 points with four minutes to go, but then losing by five,” Brewer said.

Bardstown began the season without two prominent starters in the line-up, seniors Marcus Cosby and Dee Yocum.

“They both are playing extremely well right now,” added the head coach.

Bardstown (8-3 overall) will hit the district tilt of the schedule in full swing in the coming days, so how good is this year’s Tigers squad?

“We will be as good as the players want work on the floor. We really focus on defense, and our offense comes off of our defensive work. We can make baskets and shoot the ball, but we really have to buckle down and make stops,” Brewer continued.

The Tigers are led this season by one of the state’s top prolific scorers in shooting guard Devonte Grundy.

The senior topped all scorers on Friday night against Muhlenberg County with 20 points.

“I thought it was going to be a tough start to the season, with us having a couple of starters out, so I thought we were going to struggle a little bit,” Devonte Grundy said, after the second game on Friday.

Bardstown won five in a row after losing its first two games of this season. “It did help out with us getting all of our starters back. I would love for us to win the region and go on to state,” Grundy added.

Shooting guard Marcus Cosby, who has come back from an injury this season led all scorers in the afternoon game on Friday with 16 points,” he said. “I really wanted to be here for my team. We treat each other like brothers and really want to play together.”

How good is Bardstown, according to Cosby? “We are very good and have a lot of athletic guards and big men. We’re an up-tempo team and that’s how we use our strengths. We have a hard-working team, Devonte is a hard worker, and I like the way he plays and thinks on the court,” said Marcus Cosby.

How would he (Cosby) like to see the season play out? “ We need to build and learn from our mistakes, and win out in the district, region, the All “A” Tournament,” Cosby added.

Sophomore point guard L.J. Cowherd scored 15 points against Shelby Valley. “I feel we have really been executing well and running the floor well. It’s all about how we do as a team and execute on offense. We will have some turnovers, but we must maintain our focus,” he said.

The Bardstown Tigers will face some tough competition down the road, so what do they need to do to prepare for that?

“We need to play some hard defense. Our coach puts a lot of emphasis on that,” senior guard Dee Yocum said.

“That’s what will carry us, our defense. We do have some really good shooting guards and big guys inside, and we’re actually pretty good. I think we have some good team chemistry and we will build on that,” Yocum added.

In his third season at Bardstown, head coach James Brewer brings a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge to the hardwood and has this team in peak form as more district and regional play rolls around.

The squad is built with a defensive scheme, and thrives off the defense to create offensive goals and baskets.

“Devonte is one of the top scorers in the state, and we continue to feed off of him for our offense. We look forward to having a great season and taking it one game at a time,” coach Boo Brewer said.

Bardstown, (3-1) in the fifth region and (2-0) in 19th district play, will travel across town to face the Nelson County Cardinals in its next game on Friday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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