Defense comes for Bobcats

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Berryville boys basketball team isn't looking to rebound as much as to rebuild.

The Bobcats only return 10 points a game from last year's team and only three seniors with playing experience. This team is young and inexperienced, but Coach Brent Compton and the Bobcats have something to prove.

"We are a team that is going to compete extremely hard from start to finish," Compton said. "We are a defensive-minded program that will primarily play a man-to-man defense, but this year we could be a multiple-look defensive team."

The Bobcats (0-2) have three weeks until conference season begins. At the moment, the Bobcats haven't even had three weeks of practice, but through two games Compton said, shooting and turnovers are major concerns.

"We will definitely have some struggles to start the year, but by the time conference play gets here I expect us to be playing up to the best of our abilities," Compton said.

Two players the Bobcats will be relying on this season are senior point guard Seth Helmlinger and junior power forward Timmond Turner. Together, Helmlinger and Turner have scored over half the Bobcats points this season. Turner will be expected to create second chance opportunities for Berryville and Helmlinger also will be expected to create scoring opportunities for other players.

Compton expects all of his players to be more than just basketball players, though.

"We are going to be a group of kids that act the right way on the court and represent our school district in the best way possible," Compton said.

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