Summer league teams notch wins
Week two of the Lee College summer basketball league was a breakout of sorts for Barbers Hill and Robert E. Lee Monday night.
After taking the first day of the league off to travel to other events, the two squads returned to Baytown and came out with three wins combined in the same number of games to start their campaigns.
Barbers Hill defeated Sterling Blue, 62-32 and Goose Creek Memorial 44-32, while REL rolled past Dayton.
“We played hard-nosed defense in both games that impressed me,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “I am seeing some improvement by younger guys to build on.”
They will need it as the program aims to replace a varsity roster that was mostly depleted because of graduation.
“We are using this summer to create their roles,” Pennington said. “It’s a time I can evaluate each players’ strengths and weaknesses. We are using several guys at the point guard position right now. Last year we had one point guard and it hurt us in the Hightower playoff game. We are trying to developer several guys so we can take advantage of the weaker defender.”
Seth Due, the second-year head coach at REL, was pleased with his Ganders’ performance out of the gate.
“We won pretty big,” Due said. “It was a good combination of some of our returning players and some of our younger guys working together. We can tell that our skill development work is paying off. The guys that have really been putting in the work are transforming solid players.
“The guys played hard and anytime they get in the gym it’s a chance for us to get better.”
Sterling’s went winless as the White team fell to Pasadena 41-38.
Smith was not pleased with the game against Barbers Hill.
“This game was pretty much a disaster from the opening tip. going down 13-0 before our first score of the game,” Smith said. “Barbers Hill did everything right, and we did everything wrong. We played slow, we didn’t execute anything, played limited defense, and allowed them to do pretty much whatever they wanted.”
The Pasadena loss was about a poor defensive performance as they fell down by 14 early before rallying.
Smith cited the play of “younger players like Gavin Hebert and Jonah Montgomery,” who played with more intensity, while the Rangers shooting struggled.
As for GCM, head coach Marcus Ebow’s squad couldn’t get its shots to drop.
“We struggled to make shots from the outside against their 2-3 zone,” Ebow said. “We were about 2 for 15 from the three-point line. We also failed to cash in from the free throw line as we shot well under 50 percent.
“We look to bounce back next week with a much better effort.”
On Monday, the season continues with REL vs. Sterling White (5:30 p.m.), Sterling Blue vs. Pasadena (6:30), Dayton vs. Barbers Hill (7:30), GCM vs. Pasadena (8:30).