Basketball Tigers hoping to build on success

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Green Forest Tigers had one of their most successful basketball seasons in years in 2020-21. Now coach Shane Compton’s team is hard at work trying to build on that success.

“So far, we’ve had a pretty good summer,” Compton said recently. “We’re going to be going to several camps and and we feel like we played pretty well in all of them, trying to figure out who we are right now.”

The Tigers will have to replace one all-conference player in the now-graduated Daniel McDonald, the team’s leading scorer last season. But the good news for Green Forest is that another all-conference pick, Jordan McLoud, will be returning for his senior season.

McLoud averaged eight points a game last season and led the Tigers with seven rebounds a game while also being recognized as their top defensive player.

Compton said four of Green Forest’s top seven players from last season are returning, with McLoud being joined by forward Isaac DeMeyer and guards Ali Cabrera and Tony Gonzalez.

“Losing Daniel is going to hurt as far as scoring,” Compton said. “We’re trying to find that guy that can score for us right now. I think defensively we’re ahead of where we are offensively. But I feel like we’re going to be right there in the mix again this year. We should be just as good or better this year than we were last year.”

Entering his fourth season at Green Forest, Compton said he’s glad to have a full summer to work with his team — especially after the effects of COVID-19 on last summer and last season.

“This has really been my first opportunity to spend with these guys,” Compton said. “You get to see what’s going on, where they’re at and what we need to do to get better going into next season.”

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