Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 12, 2012

2012-13 HS Boys Basketball: Team-by-Team Preview

Corsicana Tigers

Don Newton

Years at Corsicana: 3

2011-2012 Record: 11-19, 4-12

Last Playoff Appearance: 2008-09, bi-district finalists

Key Returnees: C Ernest McGhee, G Dzifa Mallet, G Tedrick Wilson, G Tim Lang

Team Strength: Coaching. Newton gets the maximum out of his team and has the program headed in the right direction.

Comment: The Tigers return only one starter (McGhee) but they should contend for a playoff spot ... McGhee, a 6-3 senior, averaged eight points and three rebounds per game ... Newton said there is potential to fill the scoring void left by three key seniors — Tevin McDonald, Jack Saipongi and Christian Hines — and Mallet, Lang and Mike Lewis all have the potential from the guard spot ... Jamaal Evans will help provide scoring punch in the post.

Blooming Grove Lions

Ben Kinnison

Years at Blooming Grove: 2

2011-2012 Record: 4-24, 2-10

Last Playoff Appearance: 1978-79

Key Returnees: PG Daniel Pelzel, P Jacob Conger

Team Strength: Experience. The Lions return four starters off a team that played a difficult schedule last year.

Comment: Pelzel is a two-time All-Golden Circle and all-district selection ... he averaged 10 points, three rebounds and four assists ... Conger was a first-team all-district pick last year and led the Lions in scoring (13 ppg) and rebounding (10 rpg).


Kerens Bobcats

Don Enis

Years at Kerens: 6

2011-2012 Record: 24-9, 10-0

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011-12, state semifinalists

Key Returnees: P Tobyus Thomas, G Kevin Townsel, P Shelton Sayles, G Nate Betts, P Bubba Sayles, P Taylor Modester, P Daedrion Tolliver

Team Strength: Strong resume and coaching. The Bobcats have many of the players back off of last year’s state tournament team and Enis gives the program tremendous stability.  

Comment: The Bobcats made history last season making their first trip to the UIL State Tournament, falling to Mumford in the state semifinals ... Thomas (6-2, Sr.) was a consistent scorer and rebounder for the Bobcats, averaging a double-double during the playoffs ... Sayles (6-1, Jr.) was the All-Golden Circle Sixth Man of the Year, providing the Bobcats with scoring and defense off the bench ... Betts (6-2, So.) was the Newcomer of the Year, hitting several key shots in the playoffs ... Townsel was a first team all-district selection.


Rice Bulldogs

Phillip Eddins

Years at Rice: 1

2011-2012 Record: 9-20, 2-8

Last Playoff Appearance: 2006-07, bi-district finalists

Key Returnees: F Ragan Henderson, G Dalton Pike, PG Austin Peppers, PF Raven Huffman

Team Strength: Leadership. The Bulldogs have leaders in Henderson and Pike, who are in their third season on varsity.

Comment: Eddins, who was the head coach at Savoy, takes over for Eddie Barker, who had a decade-long run at Rice ... Pike, a 6-5 shooter, missed much of the district schedule last season, taking away Rice’s top scorer (18.4 ppg) and rebounder ... Rice will switch to a motion offense that will have everyone handling the basketball, starting with 5-foot-6 sophomore Peppers, who played some last season.

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