It was definitely a weekend to forget.
The Sylvan Hills Bears traveled to Russeville Thursday to play in the Cyclone Invitational, and watched Andy Campbell hit eight three-pointers and score 34 points in a 64-46 loss.
Then on Saturday, a logistical mixup delayed the traveling bus from Sherwood and the Bears showed up five minutes after the scheduled tipoff against Subiaco Academy.
“We are a young team,” said head coach Kevin Davis, “and we were rattled.”
The Bears weren’t allowed to warm up and almost literally played as soon as they arrived.
Saturday afternoon’s consolation was no consolation at all in a three-point loss to the Sheridan Yellowjackets.
Davis said in the enusing week off for semester tests, his team will work on shoring up some things before heading to Mountain Home for their final tournament of the season before conference play begins.
In between, the Bears will take on the Vilonia Eagles. In the meantime, Davis said the Bears have some things to work on. Number one is glass work.
“We are a small team,” Davis said, “so we have to get better at rebounding.”
Possessing the basketball, limiting turnovers, and staying out of foul trouble is also a key need for improvement.
The Bears love to run and that also means turning up the heat on defense. But in that, the Bears have found themselves being over aggressive and comitting fouls.
“We are a transition team,” Davis said. “When we foul, we slow down the flow and it hurts what we are trying to do. Sometimes it’s hard for our sophomores to understand that.”
Not many tune ups remain before getting into the rigors of the 5A-Central. Davis is still in teaching mode and will likely continue throughout the season.