Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –
Youth can either be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances. In sports, especially basketball, fresh legs and young eager players make coaches salivate. But sometimes youth can come with learning curves. Acclimating young players with little experience to a faster more physical varsity game is a tedious ordeal.
Amos P. Godby head basketball coach Andrew Colville graduated five seniors, including star players Montre and Montreal Edwards along with talented Center Corbin Merritt.
Last year’s Cougars team finished the season with a 25-2 record and a state rank of nine overall. They ended their season with a heartbreaking 56-52 loss in the state championship to Ribault of Jacksonville.
This season is a completely different story. So far the Cougars have hobbled into the playoffs with a less than stellar 15-11 record. Their state ranking has also dropped from nine to 193.
But all hope isn’t lost. So far in the playoffs, they’ve crushed their first-round district playoff match-up Wakulla, 61-40. They plan to do the same next week.
Their problem doesn’t seem to stem from talent. As a matter of fact, they have that in spades. Trey Jones, a senior, is averaging 16.5 points while Tavaris Kings, a junior, is averaging 15.2 points. Senior Kamari Richardson is averaging 11 rebounds per game and the Cougars have two players that average at least two steals a game. So if offense and defense aren’t the issues, then what is it? It seems their problems primarily stem from chemistry or a lack thereof. With a home record of 6-2, but an away record of 3-6, only assumptions can be made.
But of course young teams have their ups and downs and it seems like as they enter the postseason, they’re hitting their stride. The future seems bright for the Cougars.