11/24/2013 6:00:00 AM KHS identifies weakness, ready to start season
Kingman High’s Skyler Burgess brings the ball up the court against Mohave during Thursday’s scrimmage. The Bulldogs open the regular season at 7 p.m. Monday at Kingman Academy and host Mohave at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
KINGMAN - After scrimmaging Bullhead City Mohave Thursday, the Kingman High boys basketball team discovered at least one area where the Bulldogs want to improve. Though official statistics are not kept, the Miner had Mohave winning, 51-34.
"The first team played well, but we need to work on our turnovers," KHS coach Ron Anthony said. "Overall, I was pleased. Turnovers have plagued us over the years here."
The Bulldogs gave equal time to both their first and second units during the six running-clock quarters. When the first team was in the game, KHS outscored Mohave 24-8. However, when the second team took the floor, the T-birds had the edge, 43-10.
"I think we have enough depth with eight or nine really good players," Anthony said. "We've got some juniors on JV who can come up and play. They just all have to get on the same page."
For the players, it was great chance to shake off some cobwebs and play some older boys for the first time since practice started at the beginning of the month.
"It felt pretty good," said senior guard Sean Curran, who scored six points. "It was good to get the rust out. It's a lot different going up against a varsity squad versus going against our JV."
Junior Ethan Adams led KHS with eight points and Michael Plummer finished with six. Chayce Comins and Skyler Burgess each scored four, and Rod Gilleo added two.
"The first group knows the offense, and the kids really hustled," Anthony said. "It was good to get everyone in to play. We weren't trying to win a game, we were trying to get everyone in the game."
KHS opens the season Monday at 7 p.m. in the Betty Rowe Gymnasium at Kingman Academy.
It is the first time the two schools face each other on the basketball court.
"We don't want to make it a big deal, but in our hearts it is," Curran said. "We've played with and against those guys all the way back to mighty mites and little league. We're looking forward to it. It will be nice to play against crosstown rivals for the first time."
The Bulldogs play back-to-back when they host Mohave at 7 p.m. Tuesday.