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Bardstown infused with new coach, players

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Bardstown Tigers preview

KENNY FOGLE

Contributing writer

First-year Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer will demand a lot of his new players, because he does the same of himself, whether that’s as a player or as a coach.

“I won’t ask anyone to work harder than I did,” said the Tiger legend. “There is only one thing that will take a player off the floor and that is lazy play and hanging their heads.”

Brewer inherits a team that took a dip last year from its recent high-water marks of deep All A Classic runs; the 2009-10 Tigers struggled in the first half of the season but rebounded to make the 5th Region tournament. Seniors Chance Grundy and Nathan Hall, junior Brandon Coulter and sophomore Marcus Cosby all saw starting time on last year’s 8-17 club, and with an infusion of young talent the Tigers could be on the rise.

Brewer plans to let the players play ball and have fun, but he expects them to make mistakes now and then. 

“Even in college and pro ball, players fail to be perfect every time down the floor,” said Brewer, who played for the University of Louisville before an overseas pro career. “But if they mess up on offense, then they had best make it up on defense.”

Bardstown has several players back from last year’s team, but they also have several new faces as well. The most notable newcomers will be the coach’s sons, juniors Jordan Brewer and Anthony Myrks, who were double-figure scorers at LaRue County. 

“It’s always a challenge to coach your own son, but they knows what is expected of them and I fully plan to treat them no different than any other player on the team,” James Brewer said. “We practice as one unit and work to help each other on every level of play.”    

Brewer said many players will have an opportunity to make an impact, including Dee Yocum, Treston Grundy and Cody Edelen. 

While these players were accustomed to the run and gun of the last few years, the style will be a work in progress for this year as Brewer looks over his squad and determines their strong and weak points. 

“We will definitely be concentrating first on our defense and denying the other teams easy scoring opportunities. The offense will follow as we will be looking to a variety of players to step up and take the lead,” Brewer said. “I hope to use what experience I gained from coaches that I have worked under here at Bardstown such as Garnis Martin and Tom Williams and of course Louisville’s Denny Crum” and pro coaches for whom he has played. 

“To me, it’s all about the players.  In practice, it’s my time to teach playing skills, floor discipline and teamwork, in the game it’s all up to them,” Brewer said. 

The Tigers are not blessed with a great deal of height, but will try to make up for it with athleticism and depth, especially at the guard spots.

Bardstown’s season opens Friday at Marion County.