After losing five straight games, including four in the Sweeney tournament earlier this month, the Sealy boys basketball team won their first game of December against Brazos last Friday. The Tigers fell behind early in the game but fought back to win the matchup 50-49. While the win is a marked success, head coach Ray Dabney said there is still much improvement to be made.
“Getting a win after all those losses definitely takes a little bit off our shoulders but we have to realize that it was an ugly win so we still have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to go,” Dabney said. “We have to work on defense and making more stops and rebounds and being able to make faster transition shots to control the pace of the game.”
Dabney said most of these changes have to be made in practice and the results will be seen on the court. The team has a busy schedule after the Christmas break with a tournament in Schulenburg on Dec. 27 and 28 and then going back to the school the following Friday.
He said despite how the busy schedule may look on paper, it actually is a positive for the team heading into district play given some of the player’s lack of experience and chemistry with each other.
“It’s especially valuable with basketball because you have to build some chemistry because some of these kids have never played with each other at all in any sport,” Dabney said. “Some of them are from the hallways and have to work on becoming athletic so the more games they get in, the better.”
Despite it being an “ugly win”, Dabney said the fact that the team fought back after being down early on in the game proved there was progress being made as the team approaches its halfway point. He also said there is an advantage to winning before heading into a long Christmas break.
“It helps the team feel like they’re good and even though we made a lot of mistakes, we still got a win so it points out where we need to work on but it still just feels good for everyone to fight back, find a spot where we’re comfortable hitting shots and winning the game,” Dabney said. “It proves we’re making progress and it’s just going to take a little bit more time for these kids to mesh together.”
After their series of games at Schulenburg, the team will take on West Columbia on Jan. 9 on the road.