CLARKSBURG—The 4th Annual “’Ballin’ in the ‘Burg” Middle School Boys’ Basketball tournament took place in Harrison County this past weekend, and the Taylor County Middle School boys’ basketball team held their own according to head coach Jonathan Curran.
“Overall, I thought we played well,” Curran said. “I definitely saw some good things. I’m excited for the season.”
Taylor County opened the tournament at Mountaineer Middle School, in Clarksburg, against Blennerhassett Middle School, which made the drive up from Wood County.
Blennerhassett, who is a feeder school for Parkersburg South, was no match for the Knights and was the first of two games on the day for TCMS.
The second game of the day for the Knights matched up TCMS against Bridgeport Middle School, at the United Technical Center in Gore.
The Knights fought hard but came up just short against BMS and left the Knights at 1-1.
On Saturday, TCMS was matched up in the early game against Mountaineer Middle School of Morgantown (feeder school for University High), and the Knights dropped that one before losing their second game of the day to Elkins Middle School.
Curran talked a little more about the tournament but specifically the summer live period.
“We got Blennerhassett pretty good and I thought the losses were close,” Curran added. “We had a good turnout. As for this three-week period, Bartsell (Keener) and I use it as a time to just get our kids in the gym, get some shots up, and get up and down the floor. Our attitude for the tournament as well as the scrimmages we have set up (Buckhannon-Upshur and Lincoln) is to get our guys on the floor in game situations and just let them play.”
When asked about specific offenses or strategies involved in shootouts such as this one, Curran stated, “we aren’t running any true offensive sets, just basic motion and we let them play.”