NORMAN — Southmoore coach Wes Brown hasn’t liked the make up of his team the last couple of years. In seasons in which the teams have played sub-par basketball, he had a difficult time finding role players on the team.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Brown said. “The last two years for sure, we’ve had 15 players that were all about the same.
Not one clearly 10 times better than anyone else. The attitude on the team the last few years has been a little bit of selfishness because they were all just about the same.”
But entering the 2013-14 season, Brown hopes that is a thing of the past. He believes this year’s squad has clearly defined roles and just as important, team chemistry.
“Now we are down to about six or seven that are clearly a level ahead of the next six or seven,” Brown said. “Those in the second level know it. They are supportive and they are working really hard to get into first six. So attitude is a little different there. More support.”
The results of this new found chemistry was seen in the team’s first two games of the year. They racked up wins against Stillwater and Ponca City at the Ponca City Festival before their home opener against Del City Dec. 3.
But that is when the SaberCats reverted back to past issues and lost by three to the Eagles.
“Beat Stillwater, beat Ponca City. Played well,” Brown said. “Then we came home against Del City, kind of wanted to show off in front of the home crowd. And forgot everything we worked on and everything that we’d done. Had a little bit of stage fright. Had a little bit of trying to do too much.”
Brown wants his team to learn from what took place in their first three contests and how well they played when they worked together.