The boys’ basketball team had to wait about a month longer than their female counterparts to start their season thanks in part to a deep football playoff run.
In addition, the Head Basketball Coach, Ray Dabney, was an offensive assistant coach on the gridiron and he had a majority of his roster out there with him each Friday night.
Majority is not a term being used lightly, as the singular athlete not competing with a helmet and shoulder pads on was Noe Navarro who had been growing anxious to share the court with others.
Dabney mentioned Navarro has been one of his favorites for a long time and he’s excited to get another season going with him and the rest of this group that he has become so close with.
This will be Dabney’s second year back at the helm of the basketball program after taking a few years off and that familiarity will come up big this season with limited build-up to the beginning.
“We don’t have our legs under us at all,” he said, knowing it will be a little challenging getting into different shape.
But as he mentioned, they already know his style and the passion he brings to the court, now it’s just a matter of working together to continue to build that chemistry.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how they react but there’s definitely some rust we need to knock off,” but that will come in a flurry of five games in three days.
It gets started with a Thursday-Saturday tournament in Columbus with a game scheduled in Rice sandwiched in the middle.
Thursday’s opponents are Bellville and Schulenburg while LaGrange and Columbus will be the foes on Saturday.
Dabney’s got a good idea of what he’s got and that much of the team has already built up lots of comradery over the course of the football season.
Before the hoop season was close to its beginning, Dabney brought that up as something that will be a major help to him and his team this year.
“They already have that refuse-to-lose mindset,” and coming off so much success only intensifies the desire for even more.
This barrage of games to start the season will help Dabney get ideas on all of his players to hopefully garner a better picture of who will be starting game in and game out.
“Everyone will get plenty of looks and hopefully by Saturday we can get settled in,” Coach Dabney concluded.