Lakers BK Practice

The Lakers will get their first action against other schools when they host a jamboree on Tuesday, Nov. 16, with their first game at 4:30 p.m.

Camdenton’s boys basketball coach Craig Campbell is still working out his varsity, junior varsity, and freshman rosters, but likes what he sees from his players so far. Still trying to fit his players into their style of play that he described as “controlled chaos”, coach Campbell said they’ve been “working hard and staying focused” through their first weeks of practice. 

Campbell thought that last year his team had some difficulty staying oriented on team play, as opposed to focusing on individual performances, but based on what he has seen so far, he anticipates that this year they will be able to come together and effectively play as a team. 

“We’ll be very competitive and get after it on defense,” coach Campbell said in regard to what his players have displayed in practice. 

As for what Campbell expects of his team in his fifth year of coaching the boys basketball team at Camdenton High School, he said, “every year the goal is to be in the top half of the Ozark Conference, win 15-plus games and compete for the district and conference title.” On a more game-to-game basis, coach Campbell wants to see his team “compete night in and night out, for four quarters, regardless of the score.” He also emphasized once more the desire and need to see better team play and less importance put on “individual records” by the players.  

“We need to have a ’team before me’ mentality,” Campbell stated. 

Looking at the Lakers varsity team, coach Campbell said there are about five or six players at this point who he fully expects to be on the team, but will likely have to wait until after their jamboree on Tuesday, Nov. 16, before he can set the final roster. The group of players competing for the remaining spots on the varsity team have varying degrees of playing experience, according to Campbell, particularly at the varsity level. With Kyle Christiansen as the lone returning senior and Aaron Poage, Javari Stewart, and Cooper Barrett the only other players who have had any experience on the varsity team playing for the Lakers this year, experience will be something that Camdenton will need to build early in the season. 

Despite the lack of players with appreciable experience at the varsity level, Campbell said the “other guys compete and play hard”, and went on to say that he believes that they will be able to effectively transition players from the junior varsity team to varsity— “We’ve got lots of basketball experience working up to varsity with solid juniors and sophomores.” 

He anticipates some adjustments will need to be made once they begin their season and evaluate how successful they are early on. Whatever the makeup of the varsity team may end up being, coach Campbell has confidence that they will be able to achieve the stated goal of playing as a team thanks to the leadership that the seniors and other seasoned players will bring to the team. 

The Lakers will get their first action against other schools when they host a jamboree on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 4:30 p.m. Camdenton will play scrimmages against the Plato Eagles, Macks Creek Pirates, and the Osage Indians. Their first regular season game will be two weeks later at home against the Aurora Houn Dawgs on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

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