Friday, November 27, 2009

Sulphur Tors Head To Alabama

Sulphur's Donovan Williams (#42) is averaging
10.25ppg & 6.5rpg game for the Tors through 4 games

By Rodrick Anderson, Sports Editor

Southwest Daily News

Sulphur, La. -

The Sulphur Tor basketball team will take their 4-0 record on the road starting today when they open play in the Sports Med Shootout at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The tournament will consist of 16 teams and will be a double-elimination bracket. Of the 16 teams, 12 are from Alabama lead by nationally ranked Butler High School out of Huntsville.

Sulphur head coach Clint LeBato expects the tournament to be a good challenge for the Tors.

“The are No. 16 or No. 18 team (Butler) in the nation will be there,” LeBato said. “It gives us another chance to play.

“We have been flying by the seat of our pants since football finished.”

The Tors first opponent of the tournament will be Hillcrest High School out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Hillcrest boasts six players over 6’3” including junior forwards Trey Wells (6’5”, 9.3ppg, 6.2rpg) and Reggie Spencer (6’6”, 12.3ppg).

The Tors will combat Hillcrest size with guard Chip Armelin (6’3’) and forward Donovan Williams (6’4”). Armelin lead the Tors with 27.5 points per game while Williams is averaging 10.25 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

With a win on Thursday the Tors will play the winner of Lee High School (Huntsville, Al.) and Vidalia High School (Vidalia, La.) at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. If they lose today, they will play the loser of Lee/Vidalia at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Tors will enter the tournament a little banged up after the LaGrange tournament.

Guard Jake Carlin and forward Dustin Dees will play this week after injuries last week but will not be 100 percent. Sulphur will also still be without the services of 6’8” senior guard Matt LeBato who suffered a preseason injury.

But LeBato is not worried about the Tors playing a little short handed because they have been dealing with it for a while.

“They have been playing that way for a couple of weeks,” LeBato said. “If we had our full squad it would be better.

“If we hang on the next couple of games and then we will have a week off to practice. Matt is still out and we don’t know when he will get back. It could be next week or it could be next month. Jake and Dustin are going to play this week. They are not 100 percent but they are going to play.”

Courtesy of Sulphur Daily News

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