Morrow coach Creswell Foy, who is in his second season at the school, says his team could be a sleeper come region tournament time. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
MORROW — Morrow coach Creswell Foy says judging his team solely on its win-loss record would be a big mistake.
The Mustangs are only 5-8 overall, but are playing with a new cast of players in starting roles after last season’s state playoff appearance.
Foy is depending on players who played reserve roles last season for a 21-11 squad to be the key performers this season.
“We have sort of a learning curve with these players,” said Foy, who is in his second season as the coach. “Our record may not reflect it, but we have a good team. We can be a sleeper in all this if that light comes on for the players.”
Morrow has played five overtime games, losing four of them.
“We are trying to build the team concept that we established last season,” Foy said. “We have seniors that have been in backup roles that are now having to be the man. The first part of the season we struggled with it.”
Foy is confident the team will pull it together in the second half of the season. Morrow left this morning for Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the two-day Martin Luther King Tournament at Raines High. The Mustangs take on Ribault, the No. 4 team in Class AAAA with a 17-1 record. On Saturday, the Mustangs will take on First Coast High, which has a 6-9 record.
“It will be a great experience for us,” senior forward DeMarkus Loman said. “It will allow us a chance to come together as a team.”
Foy said the trip is about team bonding as well as playing against some good competition.
“It’s just going to be us in that gym against some good competition and some hostile crowds,” Foy said. “We will only have ourselves to rely on.”
The Mustangs are led by Loman, who is averaging 13.9 points and Cameron Davis, who is contributing 12.9 points per game.
“We have got to get better chemistry on the team, but we are playing with a lot of heart,” Loman said. “We want to be better than last year. The seniors on the team want to make their own mark.”
Morrow has done better away from home this season. The Mustangs are 5-3 on the road — 2-2 at a neutral site —while they have an 0-5 record at home.
Since Tuesday’s home Region 2-AAAAAA game against Luella was canceled because of inclement weather, the Mustangs haven’t played since a 107-106 double-overtime loss to Tri-Cities at the Peach State Classic at Westlake High on Dec. 23.
Tonight’s opponent, Ribault, is 2-2 on neutral sites and has won 17 straight games. The Trojans are averaging 76 points per game and has three players averaging in double figures.
Davis said the biggest difference for this season’s team is getting adjusted to not having as much height.
“Last year, we were a little taller at some positions,” Davis said. “I think we are starting to adjust to it. We just don’t have that luxury of height. We are having to focus more on some of the smaller things about the game.”