There's not much Howard College can take from its 92-26 win over the Lubbock Christian Junior Varsity team Thursday at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
But Howard College head coach Mark Adams is pleased with what his team can do defensively.
“This is another good warm-up for us,” he said. “We're getting ready to go up to Weatherford (Okla.). But our defensive effort is good. I think we have a chance to be very good defensively.”
Just how good? The Hawks jumped out to a 30-1 lead in the first half of Thursday's game. They did it through turnovers and steals, and turning those into points.
Carlos Emory, one of the two returning starters from last year's national championship team, led the way with 22 points. Behind him was Shavon Coleman with 17 and Joe Bright, the other returning starter, chipped in 16.
Adams said depth is still something to be worried about with nine players on the roster. Johnnie Lacy did not suit up for Thursday's game due to injury. At this point, however, it won't look like it's hurting the team, but depth will be an issue when the Hawks get to conference play.
Other than the outstanding defensive performance, Adams was impressed with Bright's perimeter shooting. He hit three 3-point buckets, which Adams said wasn't a regular sight last season.
Adams also said Coleman's 17 points were quiet, but impressive and Emory is picking up where he left off last season.
But still, if the Hawks can stay tenacious on defense, Adams believe that will solve a lot of problems this season.
“I think it's a tough group of guys,” he said. “I think we have good instincts in the defensive end. I certainly hope that we can continue to insinuate that.
Next up is Western Oklahoma State College Sunday in Weatherford, Okla.