By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
It is nice to have an Ace in the hole.
In the case of the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team, the cards up their sleeve for the 2012-13 season includes sophomore AcieVance from Ripley.
“He’s made deep strides in other areas of his game besides his offense,” Northeast head coach David Robbins said. “He’s a lot better overall.”
Bad news for Tigers opponents for the coming season, which begins Monday with Northeast hosting East Central with a 7:30 tip. The Lady Tigers get under way at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re deeper this year, and the guys have really been competing in practice,” said Robbins, whose Tigers were 14-10 last season. “We need to play now, it’s that time of the year.”
That time of year will have Vance (16.8 points per game) and New Albany’s Tadarious Coburn (10.0 ppg) as probable starters. Freshmen Tyler Bronson from Georgia, and KeDorian Sullivan from Memphis, and Ladarius Waits from Olive Branch as potentials in the other spots.
Keldrick Leslie from Booneville and Romeo Johnson from Oxford could be two of the first off the bench for Robbins.
“Overall, our freshmen class is one of the hardest working groups I’ve had,” Robbins said. “They’ve been getting after it since day one.
“I think our success really evolves around those freshmen.”
LADY TIGERS REGROUP
Katie Garvin from Corinth and India Howard of Ripley are in pretty exclusive company right now for the Lady Tigers – they are the two lone, returning players from last year’s 9-15 effort under then new head coach Brian Alexander.
“I am definitely excited about things,” Alexander said. “The biggest thing will be getting experience for the young kids we’re going to put out on the court.”
Alexander’s rotations could include combinations of Antionette Riddle of Tupelo and Kiki Gwyn of Kossuth at the point; Kebrina Lucas of New Albany and Howard at the other guard; Angelia Allen of Belmont at small forward; Talisa Boyd from Louisiana, and Aushina Ivy from Shannon at power forward; and Jermerica Moore from Illinois, and LaToya Gadison from Rosedale at center.