Tigers Look to Take Advantage of Quickness, Speed in 2013-14
Coahoma Community College Head Basketball Coach Ira Peterson described his 2013-14 basketball team as the quickest he has ever had. Although short on experience, with only three returning starters, he believes that overall team speed and athletic ability will be the keys to success for his team this season.
“It’s the most speed that we have ever had, and we are going to use it to our advantage, especially on the defensive end of the floor,” said Peterson. “Our team is all relatively new with only three returning players from last year’s team, and we’re going to look to those three for leadership and guidance.”
Sophomores Xavier Graves, AlDario Alexander and Darcee Carson are the returners from last season, but freshman point guard Cameron Monix is expected to fuel the Tigers’ upbeat tempo this season. Coahoma will apply constant defensive pressure, “from baseline to baseline,” according to Peterson, and will look for its defense to spark its offense. And, while the majority of the Tigers points are expected to be scored in transition, the coach says his team will also be disciplined enough to slow things down and setup and run its offense when necessary.
“With our fast-paced style of aggressive play, we’re going to have to use our quickness to get to loose balls, and long rebounds and do all of the little things like that in order to be successful,” said Peterson. “With our style of play, turnovers are also going to be key. We expect to have our share, and that comes with our way of playing, but we’re going to have to limit them.”
The Tigers have 13 players on this year’s roster, and with the NASCAR-style, full speed ahead, aggressive mentality, substitutions will be frequent and all of them will get their share of playing time. And even though this is the first time many will share the floor wearing the same uniform, they’re all pretty familiar with each other, which according to Peterson makes the transition easier.
“Most of our kids knew each other, a lot of them have played against one another in high school or on the AAU circuit,” he said.
CCC basketball fans got a preview Tuesday night of what’s to come as they watched the Tigers defeat Hinds Community College in a scrimmage game at the Pinnacle. Peterson said the turnout for the contest was great, and that having local talent on his team helps to increase the fan turnout even more.
In addition to Monix from Lee Academy, Trevious Allen from Coahoma Agricultural High School will give local basketball fans reasons to cheer. But, they will have to wait until Nov. 18 until the Tigers make their debut at home at the Pinnacle.
The Tigers tip-off their season on Monday night in Decatur, MS against East Central Mississippi Community College following the Lady Tigers who begin at 6 p.m.