MUSKOGEE – The Roughers finished up team camp at Tulsa University on May 31. The Roughers played seven games (all but one against 6A opponents) over the two-day camp, going 3-4 under coach Josh Berry.
Gone are the three top Roughers from last year’s 14-13 state tournament team who lost in the state quarterfinals to Putnam City West. Tramal Ivy, David Beasley and Anthony King, who combined for nearly 45 points a game, have all seen their last games as Roughers.
Berry is looking to three soon to be seniors to pick up the slack on both ends of the floor.
The Roughers get back an intimidating presence in the paint in Aaron Givens.
“He (Givens) was injured last year and only played in eight games,” said Berry. “He can put up 17 points and pull down six or seven boards. He’s a big part of what we do.”
Berry says Cantrell Ashley will be his go-to guy at the guard spot. Ashley (5 feet, 11 inches) knocked down 18-20 threes at the TU camp over the seven total games.
Lavare Reed returns down low with Givens where Reed led the Roughers in blocks as a junior and “is our best rebounder” added Berry.
“We have two or three juniors that will make a difference and a couple under classmen will see minutes as well,” said Berry. “Guys like juniors Tavian Davis and Quintahj Cherry will help us a lot this year.”
The Roughers open up Summer Pride on Monday and go to Oral Roberts team camp June 18-20.
HILLDALE – In his first year at the helm for the Hornets, coach Eric Romine is “putting a vision” in front of his Hornet players. That vision consists of fundamentals, aggressiveness and of course, winning, as Romine and his club are getting to know one another.
“It’s going to be a process,” said Romine. “Right now, we are working on becoming a man-to-man defense that doesn’t give up lay-ups, and just being more fundamentally sound all around.”
Coming off an 8-12 season, Hilldale brings back three key players with Derek Altman and Bill Muse Jr. leading the way along with Chandler Cotner.
“Derek is aggressive and probably undersized for the post, but makes up for it on the boards,” Romine said. “ Bill is our scorer, everybody knows that while Chandler a high intensity, high effort kid.”
Hilldale finished up Connors team camp this week and begins a summer league at Victory Christian next week. The Hornets will play eight games over the three week league against mostly larger class Tulsa teams.
“We have the three seniors who will all see significant playing time,” said Romine. “As far as other playing time, it’s wide open. I’ve got seven kids competing and we could very easily be 10-deep.”
The Hornets also go to Frontier for team camp June 21-25.