The Pilots Take On The Knights
Local fans got their first opportunity to check out the 2015-16 Tyler Consolidated boys’ basketball team on Tuesday when it scrimmaged the River Pilots on the home court. The Silver Knights will have a new look this year under head mentor Bob Jones.
Jones is no stranger to Tyler Consolidated sports, and has been around the local basketball scene for the past 32 years, although this is his first year as the high school boys’ coach. Jones wants to play a fast-paced game and will stress to his players to push it up the court with special emphasis on a pressure defense.
As in all sports where a new system is put in place, it takes a little time to get adjusted to the new style coaching, and that’s what Jones is working on with his squad each day. There were some bright spots in the scrimmage with River, as some of the new faces stepped up and played an aggressive style.
Team leaders Jace Reed and Quinten Richmond both had a good scrimmage and showed they should be able to compete with most teams this year. Although they lack experience, the Knights will give it their all each and every outing, and as they buy into Coach Jones’ program, they should start to gel as the season progresses.
Trent Smith, Isaac Hall, Kyle Frum, Mark Wilson, Luke Daugherty, Dylan Roberts all saw quality playing time, and Jones has several others he can throw into the mix if needed. Nate Lancaster and Kyle Mason both can come in and provide quality minutes.
Shooting seemed to be off some but there was no lack of effort, and that will correct itself as the year goes on. This program is on the rise and with nine sophomores and five juniors on the team, the future looks bright.
Ten players are gone from last season with two graduating and eight deciding not to compete this year.
River has a veteran squad and one of the better teams in the area, but the Silver Knights held their own for three of four quarters.
The first home game of the season will be on Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. This game will be called the “Black Out Night” and all students wearing black will be admitted free. Come out and support the Silver Knights basketball team.