Wildcats start season with Hall of Fame game
Wildcats start season
with Hall of Fame game
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA’s Tyler Smith brings the ball around for the Wildcats in Thursday’s
junior varsity game against Celina.
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
To rev up the 2002-2003 Livingston Academy boys basketball season,
the Wildcats hosted Celina in the Celina Hall of Fame game played
Thursday, Nov. 21.
Livingston kept up with the Bulldogs until late in the contest,
when, according to Coach Danny McCoin, some youthful mistakes turned
the game over to Celina, causing a tough loss in the opener, falling
Despite the loss, the Cats were ignited by senior presence Jamie
Gurley, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Freshman
point guard Wilson Cates stood out in his own right, knocking in
17 points in his LA debut.
Coach McCoin was happy with his team’s performance, despite the
unraveling they experienced late in the contest.
“We played well," he said. “We made a few youthful mistakes,
early in the season mistakes late in the game. It was tied 60-60.
We messed up a couple of times and Celina took advantage of us.
But other than that, we played pretty well."
The surprisingly solid play from McCoin’s junior varsity players
was a contributing factor to his satisfaction with the play of his
“They did well," he said of his JV unit. “It was our freshmen
playing against some older kids, and bigger kids, some sophomores
and juniors. So, I was pleased with them."
All the good performances in the world don’t always add up to
a mark in the ‘W’ column, however, and Coach McCoin felt that his
team retains room for improvement.
“Well, one thing we’ve gotta to work on is rebounding," he
said. “We don’t rebound real well. And plus we just need experience,
and the only way you get experience is to play.
“We’ve got some young kids playing; we’ve just gotta get out and
Even in defeat, the Wildcats are still confident in their formula
for success, with their coach being equally grounded in the fact
that this year’s team is going places.
“We’re just going to do the same old stuff we’re doing and get
experienced," he said. “And when we get experienced and settled
in and relaxed and comfortable, we’re going to win ballgames."
The Wildcats will have an opportunity to prove themselves in the
Cumberland County Classic on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov.
30 in Crossville. The Cats are scheduled to take on the Warriors
of White County at 2 p.m. Friday, and then take on Campbell County,
GA, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Two-day passes to the Cumberland County Classic are currently available
at Livingston Academy at $8 each, with half of the ticket proceeds
going directly to Livingston Academy. Ticket prices at the gate
will be $5 each, with none of the proceeds given to LA.
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