Cameron Boys Set For State Tourney
Dragons Will Face Tug Valley In Quarterfinals
CAMERON — The Cameron boys’ basketball team received a hero’s sendoff when leaving for Charleston on Monday morning for the state basketball tournament.
The Dragons punched their ticket to state last week with a 59-44 victory over Tyler Consolidated in the Class A Regional Co-Final.
Now coach Tom Hart and the No. 7 seeded Dragons turn their focus to No. 2 seed Tug Valley today when the two square off in the state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. inside the Charleston Civic Center.
“We had a good trip down here to Charleston and we had a good send off with an escort through town and another through Moundsville,” Hart said. “We had a good practice down here on Monday and we had good workouts this week. The kids’ spirits are good and they are focused and ready to play.”
The Panthers enter the tournament with a 12-2 record and a seven-game winning streak, while the Dragons are 12-4 and have won six in a row.
“We’ve seen several of their games on film and they certainly deserve that No. 2 seed,” Hart said. “They could easily be a 1 seed. They are very good. Their top six guys are good and Caleb May is their leading scorer. He averages close to 27 points per game. He’s a complete player and their other guards are extremely quick.
“They have two nice bigs who are mobile and they both shoot well. The whole team looks good on film and I’m sure they are better in person.”
Cameron certainly isn’t afraid of the challenge.
The Dragons are led by 6-foot-7 forward Trevor Beresford who averaged 15.4 points per game and 9.6 rebounds throughout a stellar junior season.
“One of the biggest things is going to be rebounding on defense,” Hart said. “We have to keep them off the boards. We noticed they are a good rebounding team on both ends and we have to limit their second and third chances.
“All five of our guys are going to have to crash the boards. They are probably the best team we’ve seen all season, so our bigs will have to work for position.”
Sophomore guard Cole Burkett enters the tournament averaging 10.4 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for Cameron and the freshmen duo Christopher Hartley and Colson Wichterman come in scoring six points per game.
Senior Connor Howard is also netting six points a game, while Logan Burkett, Conner Powell and Austin Day are also threats to score.
“We’re all excited and looking forward to playing our first game in the Charleston Civic Center,” Hart said.