Steers at home against Lubbock Cooper

While Big Spring boys’ basketball head coach Cliff Thompson is counting down the days until District 5-3A play begins, he’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 tonight’s game against Lubbock Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in Steer Gym.“We’re really anxious to see how we execute those,” Thompson said. “Hopefully they’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. It’s not quite there.”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 Steers’ 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 haven’t been consistent. As for Cooper tonight, the Steers might be getting a preview of what district play will be like. Thompson compared Cooper’s style of play with one of the tougher teams in District 5-3A.“I’ve called about four or five coaches who have played them and they say we matchup with them pretty well,”Thompson said. “I know they have a new coach. I don’t think they’ll be really athletic, but I think they’ll be pretty well-coached and fundamental. They’re kind of more like an Abilene Wylie.”