Trojans eye improved guard play

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Southwest's Landon Wright looks for an open target during Southwest Holiday Tournament action. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Team show signs of growth, inconsistency in recent tourney

For Southwest boys basketball coach Rusty Roe, identifying his team's problems is an easy duty. Finding solutions is where the challenge arises.

Robbie Randall attempts a contested shot as Cassville's Collin Pearman goes in for the block. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

For the most part Roe likes the team and the potential he has on the floor, however, there is one glaring issue that needs to be resolved as the Trojans proceed into the new year -- improved guard play.

"We need to figure out who we have at [our] guard spots," Roe said. "Right now, with sickness and injuries, we have to figure out who we can run out there and get into our system."

The other problem facing the Trojans is scoring the basketball.

"We are struggling to get points," Roe said. "Normally, I look to the defensive side of the ball when I assess our team. I think we are giving ourselves a chance in most games. You are going to half to score 50 points or more in the majority of games in order to give yourself a chance to win."

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Trojan team showed up in full force during the first two games of the Southwest Holiday Tournament.

Southwest opened play with a 54-44 loss to rival Cassville, a game the Trojans let slip away in the second half after leading much of the first two quarters. In Monday's contest, Southwest overpowered Exeter 89-33.

"Robbie Randall and our wings are doing a nice job getting to the rim this season," Roe said. "But, we have to have more players step up and score. We have to be able to pull Robbie and those guys out of the game to give them a breather."

Southwest gets an opportunity to start 2016 right, as it heads to Cassville on Tuesday seeking to avenge the tournament loss.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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