As most people know at the 2 A level, basketball really only starts after the football season ends because both sports will share athletes. After the Clarendon football team bowed out in their playoff game about 10 days ago the mad scramble began to field the hoops squad.
After a couple of years pulling triple duty, Athletic Director Clint Conkin has hired a new coach; Boston Hudson. Hudson enters a program with plenty of talent although off the court issues will see two of his best players ineligible for the next couple of weeks.
No time to cry over spilled milk though as this means opportunity for others to accept the challenge as it's 'next man up".
Junior Cayden D'Costa
Clarendon 75 Booker 13
To say the basketball cupboard is bare at Booker this season might be an understatement as the short handed Clarendon Broncos went on the road and gave the home team a 73-13 trouncing. Missing two likely starters to off field issues gave younger players like Freshman Lyric Smith opportunity to gain some valuable experience.
The Broncos were led by Junior Lamarcus Penigar with 20 points. Coach Hudson has a superior lead guard in the savvy PG. Penigar is a willing passer with excellent court vision, can get in the paint and on the defensive end has excellent anticipation especially in playing and jumping the passing lanes.
Newcomer Cayden D'Costa a Junior transfer in from Amarillo, TX/Tascosa HS looks like he'll be an instant hit with the Broncos fans. The 6'1" 2/3 had 21 points to lead all scorers. I'll look forward to seeing him and the squad for the first time this evening at home.
Nazareth 57 Clarendon 37
Nazareth is a basketball school with a proud tradition. Competing at 1A their girls teams have won 4 straight Texas Titles, and their boys team finished 27-9 last year with most of their losses coming to 4-6A opponents in non district play. Their Assistant, Scout "Cotton" Teal was a heck of player for the D1 Nation in AAU play under the direction of Coach Lynn Shuttlesworth. I'm very proud of him as a player, person and coach.
At the best of times it would have been a dogfight but coming in short handed, Clarendon candidly had no chance as Nazareth controlled tempo all the way. Again D'Costa led with 14 points, while Juniors Penigar and Jordan Herndon added 6 points apiece. Herndon just came off the football field where he had over 200 yards rushing in the Broncos close playoff loss to Stratford. I'll look forward to watching the squad for the first time at home, this evening.
D'Costa received my "game ball" for his two solid performances in the early going.