South Stokes held their sixth annual men’s basketball jamboree at the school last Thursday and Friday. The two day event welcomed 15 high school teams and 29 games, including North and West Stokes.
“I thought the jamboree has gone really well,” said Saura coach Jason Clark. “We have had no complaints and everything has run smooth. The summer is winding down and I believe this is everyone’s last games. It’s been very relaxed and it’s been fun catching up with other coaches and watching their teams play.”
During the jamboree, South played their only game against North Davidson. With only five players, the Sauras held tough, but lost by eight points in the 40-minute scrimmage.
“I was a little disappointed that we could only play one game, but we have had enough games this summer to see what we have,” Clark said. “We have a young group and they have improved with each game. I certainly feel better about our team and where we are. We have to do certain things well to compete, especially in our conference.”
The Vikings faced Ragsdale, Northwest Guilford, and Southwestern Randolph on Thursday and lost all three scrimmages. Despite dropping those games, coach David Anderson called the summer a success and is encouraged about the upcoming season.
“We have played 19 games and getting ready to play more during our team camp at Catawba. We have had a good turnout of kids for both JV and varsity and I’ve been very pleased. Today, we struggled offensively, but I thought we played well on the defensive side all day. We have got to get better at finishing around the basket with some contact. I told the kids, we have to get tougher and not hang our heads when things don’t go our way,” the coach said.
West Stokes finished up their summer schedule with games against Bassett, Va., Northwest Guilford, and Ragsdale on Friday. The Wildcats defeated Basset and Northwest Guilford, but lost the last game of the day to Ragsdale. The Tigers wiped away a Cat advantage in the last 10 minutes of the contest to win.
“We are really trying to create habits and evolve into program players,” said West Stokes coach Dan Spainhour. “We have kids that can shoot the ball; we just have to find other ways to score. We need to rebound better on offense and move without the ball. We have had a good summer and gotten better from where we started three weeks ago. We have guys that work very hard individually and our challenges are to mesh them together. It takes time to play together and that’s why the summer is so important.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.