Panther hoops hopes to rebound this season

By Nick James - bio | email

LUFKIN (KTRE) – Lufkin boys' basketball team is looking to rebound from a very disappointing season last year.  The Panthers went 11-20 missing the state playoffs.  This season they are more balanced with a very cohesive unit that does not need one person to steal the show.  A Well rounded group on the hardwood for the 2010-2011 season.

"It's real balanced the kids are sharing the ball playing together recognizing mismatches doing the things that they know we have to do to have a chance to be successful in this competitive district which got a lot stronger this year," coach JT McManus said.

"We have a lot of leaders we don't have anybody that tries to take over the game by themselves we got harder players that are willing to win every game and get the job done during practice," Lufkin senior Dominique Rodgers said.

The Pack will have a small squad this season but they will be scrappy and they will not fix what's not broken and continue to do what they do best.

"Running and gunning last year we had a big man, we don't have a big man this year so we just go out and run and last year we had to slow it down," Lufkin senior JJ Baldwin said.

With eight savvy seniors on the on the team aspirations of big things seem within reach.

"Last year we didn't make it to the playoffs, so this year we are focusing on that and make it through the first round and keep going and hopefully make it all the way and win state," Rodgers said.

The Panthers are off to a 2-1 start so far this season with wins over Pine Tree and Hallsville.

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