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Even though his team stood at 6-7 through last weekend's games, Anderson County boys' basketball coach Glen Drury believes his team can still make some noise toward a successful season.
“When we started, we never thought this would be a year when we would have a high (won-loss) record,” he said after Monday's practice. “We are really after being a good post-season team.”
The Bearcats will get to see how much they are improving in the next week with a game against old rival Western Hills and 30th District favorite Spencer County.
Friday, Western Hills comes to town trying to break a losing streak in the series that dates to 1991, when the Wolverines made a miraculous comeback to defeat the Bearcats. The teams have not played every season, however.
“They are a dangerous club,” Drury says. “They have (Logan) Curry and (Jalen) Clark who are good athletes with some size. That always gives us problems.”
Tuesday, Anderson has a chance to pull a shocker when Spencer County comes to town.
Given the history of the series – Spencer has only won twice, 2005 and 2006, in the last 20 years – that might seem strange, but this year the Bears are the big dogs and the pick by most to win the 30th District.
At 13-4, the Bears were tied with Collins for the best record in the Eighth Region.
“They have the talent and the experience that they can win the region. They have Dunbar and Dunbar and Wyatt,” Drury says.
No it is not a law firm, but is a strong trio composed of senior guard Trey Wyatt, senior forward Logan Dunbar and his brother, sophomore Chris Dunbar. Logan Dunbar has been in Spencer's starting lineup since his freshman season.
A year ago, Anderson's defending regional champions, and a team ranked at the top of the region all season, needed a last-second tip-in to win at Spencer. In the 30th District tournament elimination game, the Bearcats won 47-46 when they forced a bad shot on a potential game winner at the buzzer.
“They are more experienced than last year,” Drury says, “but it is a game that if we play well, we can be right there.”
Part of the experience both Western Hills and Spencer have had over the years has been losing to Anderson. However, Drury has noted that both feel they can end their frustration against the Bearcats in the next week.
“They will bring their 'A' games,” he said, agreeing that such a scenario is a compliment to the Bearcats' high level of play over the years. “We are getting a lot of that this year. A lot of people are bringing their 'A' games against us. That makes it tough on these kids.
“This group is giving one of the best efforts I have had in my 30 years of coaching. There is not a person who can't be proud of these kids and the effort they are giving.”