Tiger fans beware: The Excelsior Springs High School Tiger basketball team showed up to play Friday night and gave everyone a glimpse of what’s to come this season during the Coaches vs. Cancer Pre-season Scrimmage. Tiger Head Coach Ryan Johnson was impressed with the outcome of Friday’s scrimmages and said that the boys competed well against teams from Mid-Buchanan, Trenton and Lexington. Each scrimmage consisted of two six-minute periods, and the Tigers earned the win in two scrimmages and a tie in the third.
In the first scrimmage vs. Mid-Buchanan the Tigers came out on top 23-13, grabbing the lead early during the first quarter and never looking back. According to Johnson, Tiger senior Austin Hatch led the team vs. Mid-Buchanan, going twi for three (67 percent) from the field for a total of seven points. Adding to the Tiger tally and first win of the scrimmage were seniors Dominick Turner, Austin Creason and Drake McCant. Turner put up seven points, Creason added in six and McCant tallied in at three.
Next the Tigers again took an early lead in the first period of their second scrimmage and claimed another win against Trenton, 28-17. “Creason set the pace for the offense, going two for three (67 percent) from the field,” said Johnson. Getting in on scoring action and adding to the winning score were Dalton Rimmer with six points, Austin Hatch with four, Cody Anderson added four, Turner gave three and Tristian Wilton and McCant added two points apiece.
In the final scrimmage of the evening for the Tiger varsity team, the men took on Lexington and finished with a 23-23 tie. Johnson said Creason was really feeling it from the field, making 100 percent of shots attempted. Adding to the tally again were Anderson with five, Hatch with four, and Turner and Rimmer with three points.
The very same night the Tigers and coaching staff worked hard to put together their cancer awareness program. The entryway to Tiger Gymnasium and the commons area both were scattered with “Wall of Hope” signs, which anyone could purchase for $1 and dedicate to the wall. A little later in the evening the Tigers held a “Miracle Minute” and passed around buckets while encouraging those in the gym to donate to the American Cancer Society.
“We raised nearly $500 between our Wall of Hope and Miracle Minute Challenge,” said Johnson. “All money raised will be given to the American Cancer Society.”
Now that the first scrimmage of the season is wrapped up, Johnson and the Tigers will hit the road tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 26, for their first game of the season against the Richmond Spartans. The game for the varsity Tigers will begin at 8 p.m., with both junior varsity and C-team Tigers playing prior to that time.
By Jae Juarez • firstname.lastname@example.org