The Crocker Lions are ready for this year's boys season. The Lions are coming off a 15-13 season last year in a very tough conference.
Head Coach Crocker Lions Boys Coach Phillip Gambill said this when asked about last season, “Last season was one of the best seasons since the 2008 season. Our guys won fifteen games overall and won several close games that came down to the end of games. After beating Stoutland in the first round of districts, we lost in the semifinals to Newburg. I thought our guys put themselves in a position to be successful last season by their hard work and the time they put into making them better. In conference play, we struggled from time to time, winning three conference games. We had several road conference games last season, which played out to be a few of our toughest road games of the season. We only lost one home game last season, (Licking) and felt we did a great job at home last season.”
They have three key returning starters this season. The Lions also has a player that had multiple minutes last year whom will contribute greatly. All four of them combined last year for 42.9 points on the season.
Head Crocker Coach Gambill Said this about is returning players, “We are coming into the season with ten seniors. We will definitely have a new look with different rotations we can go to at any time. Almost all of our seniors have varsity experience. Out of the ten seniors, three are returning starters and two have earned post season accolades (all conference, all district). This group of players is a special group. We are expecting our experience along with our roster depth to be key factors this season. This group of kids have played together since they were younger. They work well together and understand their roles within the team. We have roster additions to go along with our group this season, which we have not had in previous seasons. We have a group of guys who are excited about the upcoming season.”
Adam Shockey is a 5’10 Senior that averages 14.1 points per game last year. Shockley scored a total of 395 points on the season. He is a 40 percent shooter from the floor and 61 percent from the free throw line. Shockley averaged 3.75 assists per game last year and pulled down 3.6 rebounds a game.
Shockley was also an All Frisco League Conference Player, and First Team All District player last season.
Head Crocker Lions Boys Coach Phillip Gambill said this about Adam Shockley, “Adam is a three year starter and a three year all conference player. He is our floor general, we look to him for his leadership. Adam was also named all district the previous two seasons. Adam(Shockley) is a special player, he has great leadership qualities. He runs the floor, as an extension of the coaching staff. He has a natural IQ for the game.”
Ethyn Boorom is a returning starter this season also. He is a 6’5 senior who scores 318 point for the Lions last year while averaging 11.4 points per game. He was the team leader in rebounds with 278 and averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. Boorom is a strong shooter also. He shot 47% from the field while making 61 percent from the free throw line.
Head Crocker Lions Coach Coach Gambill said this when asked about Boorom, “Ethyn is two year starter. Ethyn was just a couple rebounds shy of averaging a double double last season. Ethyn was an all conference selectee in the 2015-2016 season. Ethyn is an exceptional athlete. He can score inside and out. With his athletic ability, he will be expected to take up some of the slack from graduation last season.”
Nathaniel Combs is another one of the Lions multi year starters. He scored 261 points last year and averaged 9.3 a game. His 76 percent from the free throw line made him a valuable player in a close game.
Crocker Lions Coach Gambill said this about Nathaniel Combs, “Nathaniel is a two year starter. He has shown much improvement over the previous seasons. Nathaniel has really improved his ball handling and scoring the ball. He is a great spot up shooter as well and we will look to him to continue his shooting.”
Logan Wright is their fourth key play but on in the scoring category. He scored 194 points last season and averaged 8.1 rebounds per game. He is one of the Lions leading scorers this year. Wright will be a key rebounder with 164 total last year and 8.1 per game. He is also another late game player to have on the floor with his 78 percent free throw shooting.
Head Lions Coach Gambill said this when ask about how Wright fit into the team, “Logan came off the bench mostly last season. Logan has a work ethic far and above most. He rebounds the basketball, having 16 rebounds in one game last season and 5 other games where he had double digit rebounds. “Logan is an extremely hard worker. He brings energy to the floor, rebounds the ball well, and has improved his shooting.”
They will begin their 2017 season on the 18th against the St Elizabeth Hornets at Waynesville High School. Another big game for the Lions will be on December 21st when they travel to Waynesville High School again and take on the Waynesville Tigers in the Route 66 Shootout.
They will compete in the Frisco League tournament on November 25th through December 2nd, Cabool Holiday Tournament 26th through the 29th,and the Iberia Tournament January 15th through the 19th.
Head Lions Coach Phillip Gambill said this about the team's preparation., “We have several players who have worked hard in the offseason and made themselves better. Our strength will be our depth and our experience at the varsity level.”