Head Coach: Rich Pond, ninth season
2014-15 record: 16-10, 5-4 Kaysinger
Who’s back: Brandon Amos, Garrett Dowdy, Drew Apsher, Will Tripp, Even Breheim
Who’s new: Andy Trip, Riley Green, Eric Culp
Who’s gone: Isaac Calvert, Jeff Bell, Jordan Moore
Outlook: In their third season playing up-tempo basketball, the Smithton Tigers are feeling more comfortable with the system. Coach Rich Pond said he has a fun group to coach and is seeing them doing a good job of sharing the ball and getting up and down the floor.
“We’ve got it down pretty good,” Pond said. “It’s nice to already have the baseline set whenever you start practice and all you have to do is build up and get better.”
Drew Apsher is back for his third year as a Tiger and the junior is doing more to lead the team.
“Drew’s the leader He’ll step up in some of the drills and show some of the younger kids what to do. Brandon (Amos) is a senior and he’s like that. Drew will handle some of our dribbling drills. He know’s what he’s doing, is a good kid”
Even Breheim is possibly going to get playing time in the low post. Amos can also play in the paint.
On defense, Smithton is looking to press. Pond said half-court defense has been a struggle in years past, but the Tigers are working to try to improve when they do get in a half-court set.