Steers at home against Lubbock Cooper
Heather Leiphart/Odessa American â€” Big Springâ€™s Chazzell Robertson shoots a basket during the Steersâ€™ game against Monahans earlier this season. The Steers are back at home against Lubbock Cooper at 7:30 p.m. today in Steer Gym.
While Big Spring boysâ€™ basketball head coach Cliff Thompson is counting down the days until District 5-3A play begins, heâ€™s also making sure the Steers are fully equipped for the ride.
That includes making sure every aspect of his team is at its highest level before that Jan. 14 matchup at Brownwood and adding a few new wrinkles to the offense.
The Steers have been adding new plays and hope to test them in tonightâ€™s game against Lubbock Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in Steer Gym.
â€śWeâ€™re really anxious to see how we execute those,â€ť Thompson said. â€śHopefully theyâ€™ll be in man (defense) so we can get the chance to run them. Coming up to district, we want to get the execution of our plays where it needs to be. Itâ€™s not quite there.â€ť
The Lubbock Cooper game starts a three-game stretch, which also includes another home game against Levelland and a trip to Andrews, before district play begins.
Having a chance to work out any kinks during this three-game stretch is vital before a district game Thompson said might be the toughest in Brownwood.
Adding the new plays almost acts as a Plan B for the Steers. Thompson said the Steersâ€™ district opponents will continue to learn more about what Big Spring can do on the court and it will be nice to have other options on offense.
On the other hand, defense continues to be a focus for Thompson. He said his players have to get stops and rebounds, two things that havenâ€™t been consistent.
As for Cooper tonight, the Steers might be getting a preview of what district play will be like. Thompson compared Cooperâ€™s style of play with one of the tougher teams in District 5-3A.
â€śIâ€™ve called about four or five coaches who have played them and they say we matchup with them pretty well,â€ťThompson said. â€śI know they have a new coach. I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ll be really athletic, but I think theyâ€™ll be pretty well-coached and fundamental. Theyâ€™re kind of more like an Abilene Wylie.â€ť
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