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Spring Sports Review: Boys Basketball

Apr 21, 2014 02:01PM ● Published by Dia

Photo Courtesy of Rex Teter.

Season Recap

14-13 (6-8 in district)

The 2013-14 season proved to be a rollercoaster for Eric McDade and the Southlake boys basketball team. After a 19-14 record the previous season, the Dragons lost four of their top five scorers. Despite the loss of scoring punch and some expected moments of inexperience, the team did show flashes of brilliance as they finished with an overall winning record of 14-13. With 2014 already behind the Dragons, McDade’s squad is looking to make considerable strides in the upcoming season. 

Opening to a fast start, the Dragons won their first three games in the Northeast ISD tournament thanks to an imposing rebounding presence that dominated non-district opponents Denton, Holmes and MacArthur before falling in the later two games of the tournament. The team finished fifth overall in a tough district 4-5A, which featured three teams with 20-plus wins topped by the Keller Indians (22-6). The Dragons fared better outside the district, finishing with a record of 8-5. Although the season proved to be a challenging one, McDade says, “We’ve got some guys that are real fired up about next year. We have six guys back, and it should be a good year, an exciting year.” 

About the team

The Dragons faced a bit of adversity heading into the 2013-14 season, losing four of five top scorers from the previous year. Scoring quickly came forward in 6-foot senior guard Sammie Silver, whose team-leading 10.8 ppg paced a balanced Carroll attack, which averaged 56.1 ppg. Hard to stop, the Dragons relied on a multi-headed approach to scoring that had seven players contributing five or more points per game. Second in scoring this season was 6’3” sophomore wingman Lil’ Jordan Humphrey who proved to be a huge asset, averaging 9.3 ppg to go along with 5.3 rpg and 1.2 bpg — all good for second on the team in each category. Seniors Cole Partyka and Andy Flores added 8.5 and 5.5 ppg, respectively. Shoring up the middle was the district’s leading rebounder and shot blocker Cooper Westland, whose 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game ensured that opposing teams had to be prepared for a physical presence inside.

Along with Humphrey and juniors Hunter Summy (5.5 ppg) and Kirk Mason (5.2 ppg), McDade will return a fair share of experience and scoring in addition to a sense of excitement heading into the next season. “We really grew our crowds last season — they were amazing. We also had nine outstanding seniors that did a great job for us, really helping to lay down the foundation for good things to come.”

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“We had nine outstanding seniors that did a great job for us, really helping to lay down the foundation for some special things to come. I am very excited about the future.”

Roster

Head Coach: Eric McDade

Assistant Coach: Jon Cravens, Jordan Willis

21

Andy Flores

G

Sr.

5-11

22

Cole Partyka

SF

Sr.

6-3

3

Cooper Osburn

G

So.

5-11

33

Cooper Westland

F

Sr.

6-4

25

Hunter Summy

SG

Jr.

6-3

20

Justin Reinhart

G

Sr.

6-0

13

Kirk Mason

G

Jr.

6-2

24

Landry Mead

F

Sr.

6-4

32

Lil'Jordan Humphrey

F

So.

6-3

12

Matt Walker

G

Sr.

6-0

23

Nyle Hussain

G

Sr.

5-11

10

Rhett Taylor

G

Sr.

6-0

2

Sammy Silver

G

Sr.

6-0

4

Trevor O'Neil

SG

Jr.

5-11

1

Tyson Smiter

G

So.

6-0

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