Sharpshooters close season strongly in Liberty Hill
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Bandera Sharpshooters summer basketball team finished off the summer season in Liberty Hill last weekend, going 2-3 and closing out the year with two quality wins. With four tournaments under their belt, the team composed of incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors has certainly come a long way growing together.
"The biggest difference is we started to play together as a team," head coach Ray Salas said. "We moved the ball, and started to trust each other defensively. These boys have bought into playing together and working together. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!"
The Sharpshooters, composed of sophomore Terrence Harvey, juniors Tryston Butler, Connor Randle, JT Milner, Ethan George, Nick Salas, Ruben Vargas, Jeremiah Silone, Elijah MacNeil, and senior Brady Keane, picked up a clutch win in a come from behind victory against Liberty Hill to open the games on Sunday.
In an all-around team effort, the Sharpshooters were able to lock down the shooting ability of the Panthers, and overcame the tough full-court press that often causes teams to panic and turn the ball over. Butler came through in the clutch for the Sharpshooters, knocking down a long jumper to give the team the lead with under a minute to go, and then scoring on a fast break to put the game out of reach.
Later in the day, the Sharpshooters took on the Smithville Cross-Trainers in a blowout win that was lopsided from the start. The team was able to slow down the fast paced offense of the Cross-Trainers, and despite knocking down several long range threes in the second half, the Cross-Trainers struggled to get any offense going. Once again the Sharpshooters demonstrated their increased ability to play together as a team, and put up 61 points in a well balanced offensive show.
"It felt like everything we had been working on as a team all summer finally came together," George said. "It felt really rewarding, and there is no other group of guys I'd rather play with."
The Sharpshooters summer circuit has come to a close, but the team is excited and ready for what promises to be another exciting and successful season for Bandera basketball in November.