When John Tinsley prepared his team for the 2013-14 basketball season, he had to do some rebuilding. The Scotties lost some key starters from last year’s squad and needed some bench players from last season to take on new roles.
So, as Glasgow prepares to open play in the District 15 Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday night, Tinsley is pretty pleased with where his team is at right now.
“I don’t think there is any question our team has come out every night and exceeded people’s expectations, from the standpoint of hard work, the standpoint of putting themselves in a position to win, from the standpoint of playing well in big games,” Tinsley said. “I feel like our club has really handled all that stuff pretty well and have gained experience through the season.
“I am pretty pleased with where we’re at considering we lost four starters from last season and to be 15-10, playing the schedule we’ve played, against the competition we’ve played.”
Glasgow (15-11) will battle Monroe County (18-9) in the first round of the tournament. Tip off time is 7 p.m. at Glasgow High School.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This schedule has definitely made this team stronger,” Tinsley said. “We have seized our opportunity.”
And the Scotties have a big opportunity ahead of them as they look to knock off the No. 1 seed Falcons for the third time in one season. Glasgow has played Monroe County three times this year, earning victories in the last two outings.
“Monroe County is a really good team. You have to defend and rebound against them to have a chance. You better do those two things to be successful,” Tinsley said. “They’re very good. You don’t win 18 games with just Dillon Geralds. He’s a very good basketball player and he’s the focus of whoever plays them. But we’re going to have to defend everybody well.
“I think this is a pick ’em game. I don’t think either team is the favorite and that’s a lot to say because they’re the No. 1 seed. It is a tossup game, but it is going to come down to everyone doing the little things well. We’ve got some experience, but they’ve got a lot of kids that have played in the district tournament in the past. It is going to good balsamer, no doubt about it.”
And one big advantage the Scotties will have next week is they will be playing on their home court.
“Homecourt matters and it makes a difference. It matters, but I don’t know how much of a variable it is,” Tinsley explained. “My goal coming into the season was to make the district tournament a 50-50 game and I think we’ve done that. We’re going to come out and play hard and see what happens.”
And Tinsley said if the Scotties making it through the district tournament and earn a spot in the regional, it would be fitting for his squad.
“It’s been a heck of a season for us, we’ve done really well. Before the season started, I am not sure anyone would have thought we would have won 15 or 16 ballgames and won the Class A region,” the coach said.
“In saying that, one of our goals is also to win the district championship. We’re going to be ready to go and I think our kids will respond and respond well.”