Summer basketball offers a new start to Oak Ridge team

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Summer might be far from the high school basketball season, but it?s a busy time for Steve Scott, Oak Ridge High?s varsity boys? basketball coach. Scott and nearly two dozen prospects for next year?s varsity team recently completed a grueling month of basketball. The team got together three times a week to practice and also played in a summer league on Wednesday nights, not to mention playing in tournaments on the weekends. Despite having only two returning starters from the varsity team on the roster, Josh Simms and Bryan Bare, the Trojans did fairly well, winning 26 games and losing 11. Though they never won a tournament, they did place first in their respective pool or bracket a few times. ?We only had two starters returning and they are in completely different roles now,? Scott said. ?We?re young and have a lot of new players, but we played very well defensively, holding several teams under 40 points. Offensively, we only averaged 44 or 46 points so we struggled since guys like Bryce (Scott), Matt (Howard) and Scott (Sanchez) graduated.? After playing a lot of basketball during June, Scott is working with several players individually during the month of July, teaching some offensive moves with and without the ball, as well as shooting. ?Normally the goal in the summer is all about skill set and development, but since we lost so many guys, we did more team stuff, so that?s why I?m taking July to work with players individually and improve their skill development,? Scott said.