Both the St. Louis College Prep Freshman and JV basketball teams have a 1-1 record in the beginning weeks of the season.
“I am very happy with their effort so far,” said Head Coach Torrey Davie. “They are trying and playing hard and are committed.”
The season kicked off on a high note with the JV team claiming a win against Gateway Science Academy on Nov. 21.
“Kalind Anderson and Dekia Barner were the leading scorers in that game,” said Davie. “It was a good game with everyone playing pretty well for the first game out.”
The Freshman team took their own win the following day when the team faced CBC.
“It was a good win for the Freshmen,” said Davie. “Cory Sparkman was our leading scorer.”
Unfortunately, the JV team fell to CBC that same night.
“They were playing shorthanded, but they did pretty well,” said Davie. “Unfortunately we still lost by several points. Kalind Anderson was the top scorer in that game.”
This week the JV team has time off while the Freshman team competes in its first major tournament at St. Mary’s.
They lost their first game on Wednesday, falling to St. Mary by three points in overtime.
“We really should have won the game,” said Davie. “There were a lot of little things that we did not do through out the game that played a roll in the end result. They did not play bad, but they did not play good. They had plenty of chances to score at the end of the game but they missed like four or five in row.”
The Freshmen team is scheduled to play Cardinal Ritter at 5 p.m. on Thursday and then Bishop DuBourg on Friday at 5 p.m. The teams will play for final placing in the tournament on Saturday.
“Our record from the three games this week will determine what we play for on Saturday,” said Davie. “There is the possibility that we could still play for first, second or third place.”
Regardless of the outcome of the tournament both teams will face a busy week next week.
The freshman team will be playing the St. Louis Patriots on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and Jennings on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
The JV team will face the St. Louis Patriots at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jennings at 5:30 p.m on Tuesday and Confluence at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
“We are trying to get the game times on Tuesday and Thursday pushed back since there will be no girls games as was originally scheduled,” said Daive.
He said he expects the teams to continue to improve throughout the season.
“We will probably lose some we should win at the beginning of the season, but by the middle of the season we will win some that we should lose,” he said, noting that part of the issue is fielding a full team because of various players not being able to play because of academics or discipline issues. “It makes it more difficult when these guys still don’t get it when it comes to academics and behavior. We will keep doing what we are doing and hope they get the message by the middle of the season.
“Our goal is to have them mentally, physically and athletically ready by the time they are juniors and hit varsity,” he added. “I continue to hear, especially for the sophomores, that their behavior in school is a lot better than it was, but they still need to improve. You have to be the same person on and off the court and if that person is a responsible and respectable person then we know they get it.”
He said he was also happy wit the support fellow scholars and staff were giving the team.
“We have had a number of scholars and staff at each of the games,” he said. “Just keep supporting and encouraging the kids in the classroom.”