Thursday, June 17, 2010
Patriots unbeaten at camp
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots showed plenty of promise in a basketball team camp hosted by Southaven High School.
The Marshall ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads combined to go a sparkling 14-0 over a three-day span last week.
“I was extremely excited about the way our boys looked,” head coach Craig Dailey said.
“Coaches use the analogy, ‘You’d want him or her holding the rope.’ Well, if I’m hanging off that cliff, I’d want these young men.
“We have improvement to do, but there is no doubt they’ll put in the work and effort necessary. Then it should just come down to a bounce of a ball.”
Marshall downed teams from Hernando, Myrtle, Magnolia Heights, Cutter Morning Star (Ark.), Tipton Rosemark (Tenn.), Lewisburg, Greene County (Ark.) and Saltillo.
He complimented each player for his work during the week.
“Taylor (Maurey) looked like a three-year starter at the point guard position,” Dailey said. “Jordan (Brock) has really blossomed in our new defensive style and in turn his offense has taken off.
“Mitch (Gholson) started all week with two of our guys out, and he held the fort down quite well. I am so proud of his evolution into a basketball player.
“Chase (Ferrell) as an offensive force all week on top of his normal defensive presence. He’s a junior, but he looks like a senior on the floor.
“Aaron (McAlexander) has some huge baskets and filled our ‘stopper’ role at times. His offense is only touching on what it will be by February (2011).
“Andy (Burleson) had some major minutes in the ‘A’ games and was instrumental in the ‘B’ going undefeated.
“Brad (Bennett) has been a nice addition and got better with each game.
“Dakota (Dailey), Jacob (Driggers) and Kevin (Harris) learned a lot versus high school competition and played well in ‘B’ action.”
Coach Dailey is excited about what lies ahead next season.
“To do we what did at Southaven, without our whole squad, reaffirms to me the depth we will have this year – allowing us to play the way we want to play,” Coach Dailey said. “Patriot fans have a lot to look forward to.”
The Patriots’ next action will be in summer league play this week at the Indianola/Magnolia Heights Camp.
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