Area basketball players found their way back on the court Friday at the annual West Stokes Jamboree. South and West Stokes made a strong showing winning two out of three of their matchups.
The Wildcats defeated Wilkes Central and Providence but fell to Lincoln Charter.
“I think we’ve definitely improved, but we’ve got a long, long way to go,” said West coach Dan Spainhour. “Every team has to find their own identity and we’re going to be searching for ours. I thought we played hard and our effort was good for the most part.”
The Wildcats lost strong contributors in Spencer Hensley and Keshawn Raleigh but the coach is optimistic of his returning and younger players who met challenges on the court Friday.
“A lot of guys haven’t been used to getting minutes and they’ll need to keep improving but I liked their attitudes and they seem to be program guys. I think they’ll fill whatever role is asked of them,” Spainhour said. “I think we’ve gotten better as the summer went on and now it’s up to them individually before we get back to school.”
Rising senior Kameron Wall put West on the board against Providence and continued to add 10 more points throughout the game. Reid Fulk stalled in the first few minutes but came back with a strong showing of three pointers and helped lead the Wildcats to a 60-55 win.
“We got off to a slow start trying to figure out how to best score, but we got better and were more consistent the more we played,” Fulk said.
After a strong run last week at North Stokes, the Sauras continued their winning streak defeating Lincoln Charter and Mount Airy. They fell to East Wilkes by just one point.
“It’s a good thing to see we can compete, we’ve just got to be consistent,” said South coach Jason Clark. “They’re playing pretty well together. They share the ball well and they’re getting up and down the floor like we want to do, but we’ve got a long way to go until November.”
The coach praised Tre Scales for his rebounding and said rising senior Bryson Misenheimer stepped up hitting threes to clench the win against Lincoln Charter.
“Collectively as a group they rebounded the ball well and shared the ball assist wise. To me it’s more of a team effort than individuals but Tre (Scales) is the motor to what we’re doing,” he said.
Team workouts begin in July and Clark said for athletes who aren’t playing other sports it’s essential to continue working on their own.
“They know the things they’ve got to improve on. What people have done and what they haven’t done will show up in November.”
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