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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Panthers relying on quickness to offset height deficiency

  • Sterlington summer basketball report
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  • Sterlington basketball coach Kevin Caballero has used the summer as a time to experiment.
    Jamari Montgomery has been given a chance to run the offense, with DAdrienne Glass sliding over to shooting guard.
    “Playing the point is a tremendous responsibility. That's why the summer is good,” Caballero said. “Jamari is getting a chance to play.”
    Ideally, Caballero would prefer to play Montgomery at the point, with Glass and Jaylan King at the 2 and 3, respectively.
    Either way, the Panthers will have plenty of guards on the floor — it's just a matter of which one is handed the keys to the offense.
    “We're going to have four guards and Semaj (Colvin) on the floor,” Cabaellro said. “Semaj's really a guard, he just happens to be a 6-3 guard.”
    A first-team All-District 2-2A selection as a freshman, Colvin has been forced to move inside following the graduation of DeMarcus Matthews, Jaylon Wade, Rex Spencer and QuenTerrius Gray from last year's surprising 25-8 state quarterfinalist squad.
    Taking the team's shortage of big bodies into consideration, Matthews, who gave the Panthers a physical presence in the paint, will be particularly difficult to replace.
    “We're small,” Caballero said. “Antonio Gray played the 2 last year; he's a 4 this year. Tyler Sylvestri was a 3 last year; this year's he's a 4.
    “We're going to have to rebound as a team and help Semaj out.”
    At the same time, the Panthers have plenty of quickness to help offset the lack of size.
    “For every disadvantage there is an advantage,” Caballero said. “We're going to be a little quicker. We can get our hands on some balls that we couldn't get to last year.”
    Sterlington competed in the ULM team camp earlier this week. Playing in back-to-back games Monday night, the Panthers held off West Ouachita 55-52 before dismantling a short-handed Franklin Parish side 66-48.
    “I was proud of my players tonight,” Caballero said. “We worked a few people into the Franklin Parish game, but we basically played 80 minutes with seven guys. It's a testament to them that they didn't quit.”
    Statistics are not kept in summer games, but it would be safe to say that Gray scored in double figures in both contests.
    “When Antonio shoots like that, we have a chance to have some success,” Caballero said.
    Sterlington also recently traveled to Alexandria for a team camp.
    “We played pretty well in the Alexandria camp,” Caballero said. “Leesville beat us pretty bad, but it was our fourth game of the day and Leesville's good.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In addition to the team camps, the Panthers play in a Tuesday/Thursday league with Caldwell, Cedar Creek, Choudrant, River Oaks and West Ouachita.
    Notes: Returning to the ULM team camp Tuesday night, the Panthers beat Ouachita Christian and lost to Evangel.
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