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2012 Basketball Preview: Southland Rebels Boys

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo by Dustin Ward - Daily Dunklin Democrat
Pictured are members of the Southland boys basketball team. Members of the Southland basketball team are Austin Vaughn, Kelton Wilson, David Evans, Blake Jameson, Tyler Ellington, Matt Rivero, Zane Rutherford, Seth Smith, Charlie Cox, Kevin French. Not pictured is Joe Springer and Michael Eastburn. [Order this photo]
Southland coach Daniel Davis has high expectations for his varsity squad entering the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

"I look for a good season," Davis said. "I think we've got a shot to be in the top three in the Tri-County conference if we play as hard as we can.

"Last season didn't go the way we wanted it to," Davis said. ""We are headed into this season with four seniors. We've also got a number of young guys playing at the varsity level. I look for it to be a better season than last season. I think we are a stronger team this year. We've got fewer players, but I think we are more athletic."

Southland has four seniors - Kelton Wilson, David Evans, Austin Vaughn and Blake Jameson - on its varsity roster.

No. 21 Kelton Wilson will be our go-to-man," Davis said. "He's going to be our leading scorer frequently and is a team leader.

"David Evans is our big man in the middle and should rebound the basketball well," Davis continued. "He will score in double digits at times as well.

"Austin Vaughn is a work horse," Davis added. "He hustles and plays every game from one end to another as hard as he can go. They have to play a lot of quarters because there ain't very many of them. They are in good shape and work hard."

Southland opened its season on Nov. 19 when it hosted Armorel, Ark. Armorel defeated Southland 77-36 in the varsity contest. Armorel won the junior varsity game against Southland 54-18.

Southland is set to take on another out-of-state team Tuesday when it opens play at the 6-team Cooter Invitational varsity basketball tournament. Southland will play Piggott, Ark., Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.

"They are an out-of-state school we don't get to see much," Davis said. "We don't know much about them. This is the only time we play them. Last year they were a pretty solid team, but have graduated a few guys. We look for a good turnout."

A complete bracket for the tournament is available on Page 9 of Sunday's Daily Dunklin Democrat.

"I appreciate everyone that comes out and supports us," Davis said. "Keep on cheering for us and we will work hard to represent our community well."

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