Compton excited about Green Forest's potential
By Scott Loftis
One game into his third season as head basketball coach for the Green Forest Tigers, Shane Compton said this year’s squad has “the potential to be the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
The Tigers opened the season with a 66-42 road loss to a talented Lead Hill team on Tuesday, Nov. 10, but Compton says Green Forest’s returning experience and size along the front line in particular could lead to success.
“I’ve got both my leading rebounders and my leading scorer back from last year,” Compton said.
Daniel McDonald, a 6-3 senior forward, averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds a game for the Tigers last season, including a 19-point effort against Cotter in one of Green Forest’s four victories.
Jordan McLoud, a 6-5 junior, was the Tigers’ leading rebounder with seven a game last season and also averaged six points a game. McLoud had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a game against Marshall.
Green Forest’s other starting forward is 6-3 junior Isaac Demeyer, who has added three inches in height since last season.
The backcourt is the biggest area of concern for Compton, especially with several players just joining the basketball team Monday after finishing football season.
“I’ve got two seniors that I’m hoping will be those guys, but as of now, they’ve not practiced,” Compton said Monday afternoon.
One of those is guard Reiley Gordon, who was limited to 12 games last season because of injury.
“It could be Reiley Gordon,” Compton said. “It could be Tony Gonzalez.”
For now, though, Green Forest will depend on sophomore Ali Cabrera and senior Kalwin Anjolock to man the guard spots.
Another concern for Compton is playing enough games to find the right combination of starters. The Tigers have had two games canceled already this season.
“It’s been scrambling trying to find games this year,” Compton said. “Any time one kid is quarantined, especially on those smaller schools, the whole team is out. We should have already played three, and we’ve only played one.”
Green Forest played at Yellville-Summit on Monday. The Tigers will host Marshall on Tuesday and Arkansas Arts Academy on Friday for Senior Night.