Two teams – Barbers Hill and Robert E. Lee – set to play in the Lee College summer basketball tournament, did not start play this week, but they both had a good reason.

Each squad was involved in team camps and tournaments outside the area to take advantage of additional opportunities.

REL and head coach Seth Due headed to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall and came away with plenty of observations.

“The team camp was an excellent experience,” Due said. “The boys got to have the college experience of staying in the dorms and knowing what it would be like to live on campus and walk back and forth between the dorms and other building on campus. 

“Our team got a chance to bond with spending the entire two days together. Several of the players looked great at different times in the camp and really relished the opportunity to play in front of college level coaches.”

As far as their play, the Ganders got a chance to start figuring themselves out.

“We got to compete together and intermingled with other teams throughout the camp which gave the guys a great opportunity to see other competition from other schools at our level and above.”

Barbers Hill went 2-3 and finished fourth in the silver bracket at Second Baptist in Humble.

They recorded wins over Fort Bend Marshall and Fort Bend Eisenhower, while dropping three close games against Klein Oak, Aldine Davis and Atascocita. 

“I was pleased with how hard we played,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “We battled every game and had a chance to win four games until the last minute. I saw good things from every player, but also saw some weaknesses. That’s why we love this tournament. We get to play the best 6A’s in Houston area and see what we are made of.”

Pennington has to replace most of his varsity roster which graduated after winning the District 21-5A title.

“Mason Daniels will be our team captain and floor leader this season,” Pennington said. “He is our only returning varsity player, but we have several other guys that can lead as well.”

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