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Falcons improve teamwork, speed for upcoming competition

by Kory Gibbs, Courier staff

The Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell, Ky | December 1, 2016

Basketball season is here and the Fort Campbell High School boys basketball team is looking to get the 2016-2017 regular season started.

The Falcons are anticipating a better record this year than the 1-22 regular season they had last season.

The new FCHS head coach, Stacey Harrell, has high hopes for how the team will perform.

“I believe they are going to surprise a lot of teams this year. This team’s biggest asset is having a lot of heart,” Harrell said.

The team members will hold their own in games when facing higher ranked opponents because of their mental and physical toughness, he added.

Although this is a young team, the players know how to play hard and fight to the end, Harrell said.

The Falcons have three returning senior players – Javier Rivera-Rodriguez, Kevin Moon, and Christian Duff – who expect to make an impact and lead this team in the right direction.

Rivera-Rodriguez, Moon and Duff are concerned with improving the overall team chemistry.  They believe that great teamwork will lead to victories this season.

“We have lacked teamwork in previous seasons, so that is a main focus for the team this season. “We need to have an understanding of what the team goals are and not worry about individual things,” said Moon, point guard.

Harrell said the team does not have a lot of size compared to other teams in the area and added that the players’ ability to run the floor and constantly attack the basket will make them hard to beat.

“We plan on using our speed to our advantage and the players’ willingness to box out underneath the basket will help us,” he said.

The Falcons are focused on winning games, especially against rival teams.

“There are a few teams on the schedule that we are looking to upset,” Harrell said.

“I am looking forward to facing Trigg County,” said Duff, forward.

“I think the whole team is waiting to face Trigg County because we believe we can beat them this year,” said Rivera-Rodriguez, guard.

The team presented a preview of its style of play during the blue-white game Nov. 18 at FCHS.

Harrell has a good feeling about the upcoming season after watching the team play.

“We have the potential for many fast-break points, it’s just working on keeping up that level of intensity,” he said.

Harrell said the team has the ability to be good but the players have to hold each other accountable, work together, and attack the basket.

The Falcons begin the regular season at 3:30 p.m. Friday against West Creek High School Coyotes at FCHS.

2016-17 Boy’s Schedule

Friday -- West Creek (JV/V) -- Home -- 3:30 p.m.

Saturday -- University Heights Academy -- Home -- noon

Monday -- Union (JV/V) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Tuesday -- Hopkinsville (JV/V) -- Away -- 6 p.m.

Dec. 8 -- Webster (JV/V) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Dec. 15 -- West Creek (JV/V) -- Home -- 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 -- Hopkins Central (JV/V) -- Away -- 6 p.m.

Jan. 12 -- Hopkinsville (JV/V) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Jan. 13 -- UHA -- Away -- 6 p.m.

Jan. 14 -- Lyon County -- Away -- 6 p.m.

Jan. 23 -- Clarksville AC (JV/V) -- Away -- 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 -- Christian County (JV/V) -- Away -- 6 p.m.

Jan. 31 -- Dawson Springs (JV/V) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Feb. 2 -- Lyon County (G/BV) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Feb. 9 -- Christian County (G/BV) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 -- Clarksville AC (JV/V) -- Home -- 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 -- Hopkins Central (JV/V) -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Feb. 16 -- Trigg  -- Home -- 6 p.m.

Feb. 17 -- Crittenden County (G/BV) -- Away -- 6 p.m.


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