By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Barbourville Tigers used their two allotted scrimmages this week as teams try to get into game-shape for the regular season, but head coach Dinky Phipps said he wasn’t exactly sold on the results.
While the scores for both games were not recorded, Phipps said there were things he liked and things he wasn’t so fond of as well.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes, but I think we outscored them in the long run,” Phipps said. “The truth of the matter is that we can’t make the kind of mistakes that we made during these games because they will cost us in the long run if we continue these type of things in the regular season.”
As for the positive things he saw, Phipps pointed out a few high points to build upon before going back to what needs fixed.
“One of the few things I was pleased with was our post play and going to the boards,” Phipps said. “We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball though and that’s something we have to do.
“I thought we did a good job scoring and I was happy with the fact that we made some big baskets down the stretch,” he added. “Our kids are going to be able to score the basketball, so we have to be able to protect the ball on each possession and try to work toward out strengths.”
The Tigers will open the season with four straight games on the road, the first of which will come on Monday at Jellico, Tenn. Phipps said he hopes his team is able to work on some of the important things between now and then.
“It’s tough during the holidays because the kids are kind of distracted,” Phipps said. “It’s really easy to lose ground because two days off can take you two weeks to regroup, so we really try to keep the kids working toward our goal.
“Hopefully there are some things we can improve on and open the season on a positive note,” he added.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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