Tigers looking for ‘competitive’ season

Published 12:01 am Thursday, November 17, 2011

There’s a sweet spot on every basketball goal that players aim for in almost every shot.

“It’s right there in that square,” Red Level basketball coach Allen Catrett said Wednesday at practice.

The Tigers will begin their 2011-12 season this at home against Opp tomorrow night, and will turn around the next morning and compete in the Enterprise Thanksgiving Tournament at EHS.

RLS has 10 varsity players on its team with four seniors at the helm of the team. The seniors are Raheem Bullock, James Feagin, Troy Nolen and J.T. Hall.

Additionally, the Tigers have a good mix of younger players in two juniors and four sophomores.

Catrett said the team’s first and foremost goal is to be “competitive.”

“We want to be able to host the area tournament,” he said. “The overall goal, which it is for everybody, is to make it to state.

“Our first goal is that we need to focus on being competitive with our schedule, and all of the tournaments we’re playing in,” he said. “We want to be able to host a tournament here at the end of the season.”

The Tigers schedule shows that they will play schools in a much higher classification this season.

After playing Class 3A Opp tomorrow night, the Tigers will play Class 4A Andalusia at 11:30 Saturday morning to start the EHS Thanksgiving tournament. Enterprise at Class 6A, is the highest classification of school the Tigers will face. RLS will go head-to-head with the Wildcats in a single game at EHS on Tues., Nov. 29.

Catrett said this group of players is a good group, and that he’s expecting some good things.

“They’re excited about the season and the challenges we’ve got ahead of us,” he said.

Additionally, Catrett said the team will rely on a few keys this season to get it through the schedule that lies ahead.

“What we’re going to have to do is rely on our defense,” Catrett said. “We’re going to have to play fundamentally sound basketball, and we’re going to have to play consistent — limit our turnovers and control the boards (rebounds).”