It was a sloppy season opener as the Kingman Academy of Learning High School boys basketball team found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard as the Tigers fell to East Valley Athletes for Christ 39-36 Friday in Mesa.
Both teams combined for 56 turnovers and 31 steals in the Charter Athletic Association contest.
"We're not going to win many games scoring 36 points," coach Kevin Morgan said Saturday. "We have to build a program here."
Forrest Standerfer was the big positive for KAOL (0-1). Standerfer finished with a team high 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Standerfer also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Standerfer played the entire game and only committed one personal foul.
"He's a player, that's for sure," Morgan said of his standout.
As a team, the Tigers shot 33 percent from the field and only 31 percent from the free throw line. "We're not great shooters," Morgan said. He added that his team would begin to work on shooting drills before their next game.
Another sore spot for KAOL was the lack of production from the point guard position. Marty Parrel shot 0-for10 from the field and committed seven turnovers with no assists. Parrel did have three of the team's 18 steals, however.
Though Morgan wasn't completely satisfied with the defensive effort put forth by the Tigers, he did acknowledge the effect it had on EVAC (1-1).
"Without our defense, we would not have been in the game," Morgan said.
For all the problems that EVAC exposed, the Tigers should be able to overcome them as the season rolls along.
"The good news is that we have gaping holes that are easy fixes," Morgan said.
KAOL will also look forward to the further contributions of Mat Higuera and Justin Proudfoot. Both were members of the football team and saw limited action against EVAC.
Higuera scored five points and pulled down four rebounds in just less than 12 minutes on the court. He did foul out in the short time span, and Proudfoot finished the game with four fouls in 10 minutes.
The Tigers have until Nov. 30 to work some of their quirks out. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. at West Phoenix.