2010-12-02 / Sports

Tiger basketball opens this weekend on the road and at home

Likely starters ... ... for the Washington-Wilkes Tiger boys basketball team this season showed off their talents at a preseason photo session at the W-WCHS gymnasium. They are (l-r) Eric Scott, Desmond Jackson, Terry Graves, Teverrius Jones, Matson Keiser, and (pictured on page 1A) Neko Jones. Likely starters ... ... for the Washington-Wilkes Tiger boys basketball team this season showed off their talents at a preseason photo session at the W-WCHS gymnasium. They are (l-r) Eric Scott, Desmond Jackson, Terry Graves, Teverrius Jones, Matson Keiser, and (pictured on page 1A) Neko Jones. “We’ve got all the athletic ability we need to be better than anyone in our region.”

That’s quite a statement from Washington-Wilkes Tiger head basketball coach Don Keiser about his 2010-2011 varsity lineup. But he knows his guys and what they’re capable of and he knows the raw talent he has on his senior-heavy team.

Eight seniors head the roster for the Tigers, five of which have been starters before. Those seniors are Bobbie Dill, Terry Graves, Desmond Jackson, Keenan Jackson, Neko Jones, Teverrius Jones, Matson Keiser, and Eric Scott. “I’ve got four that can play guard and at least four inside guys,” Keiser said, excited about the season’s possibilities.

Tiger basketball players taking a break at practice are (front, l-r) Donjai Willis, Keenan Jackson, Brian Hardigree, Eric Scott, Brandon Dill, Terrell Norman, (back) Coach Keith Johnson, Da’Quan Heard, Head Coach Don Keiser, Matson Keiser, Quen Laquines, Bobbie Dill, Neko Jones, Teverrius Jones, and Desmond Jackson. Tiger basketball players taking a break at practice are (front, l-r) Donjai Willis, Keenan Jackson, Brian Hardigree, Eric Scott, Brandon Dill, Terrell Norman, (back) Coach Keith Johnson, Da’Quan Heard, Head Coach Don Keiser, Matson Keiser, Quen Laquines, Bobbie Dill, Neko Jones, Teverrius Jones, and Desmond Jackson. The starting lineup hasn’t been determined yet but of the six contenders, the coach says:

 Teverrius Jones – strong on the inside.

 Neko Jones – has shown great improvement since last year.

 Terry Graves – a great flasher.  Matson Keiser – shots looking good and shows plenty of hustle.

 Eric Scott – a really good hustler and an outstanding defensive player.

 Desmond Jackson – provides instant offense off the bench.

At practice, Head Coach Don Keiser (right) points out some of the “little things” that he says can make the Tigers better than anyone else around. At practice, Head Coach Don Keiser (right) points out some of the “little things” that he says can make the Tigers better than anyone else around. “It’s going to be tough to pick the starters,” Keiser said. And time is running out. The teams (boys and girls) open this Saturday, December 4, on the road at Calhoun Falls (S.C.) with a noon starting time. They open at home on Tuesday, December 7, against Lakeside with the girls starting at 6 p.m.

In addition to the first six seniors, Keiser is looking for strong contributions from junior Da’Quan Heard, who “has made a lot of improvement since last year,” and sophomore Brian Hardigree who will see some playing time as the third man off the bench.

“We’ve got experience, we’ve got size, and we’re big,” Keiser said. “We’ve got all the tools we need but we must play with our heads to be a complete team. If we play smart, work it around, and not force it, we can be better than anyone around,” he continued.

DA’QUAN HEARD DA’QUAN HEARD “We have got to do the little things that make the difference,” he added. “And it’s so important that we play with confidence so we can know how it feels to win.”

The Tigers will warm up with three more games (Hephzibah, Lakeside again, and Grovetown) before hosting the second annual Washington-Wilkes Christmas Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 17-18. After Christmas, they will play in the Evans Christmas Tournament December 28-30.
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