CA boys basketball preview – Chamblee believes Colonels are ready to make a run

By James Beasley

Last year, the Copiah Academy boys’ basketball program made great strides, finishing 15-14 and barely missing the state playoffs. Now third-year coach Kent Chamblee believes the Colonels are ready to take it to the next level.  
“Our goal is to win the South,” the 32-year-old Carthage native says boldly. “Last year we finished behind East Rankin and Hillcrest. This year we want to finish #1 or #2. We want to win a game at State and get to the Overall AAA Tournament. The CA boys have never done that.”
Due to the recently concluded football season, the Colonel hoopsters have only practiced three times together as a team. But that doesn’t bother Chamblee. “Depth is not a concern,” he says. “We’re not young. We have most of our starters back, and many of the guys played a lot last year. They like to compete.”
Among those are seniors Bryce Berry, Dillon Martin, Josh Cook, and Ty Quick, as well as junior Trey Moss. The coach sees Justin Morris as a valuable sixth man off the bench.     
Chamblee actually has very few concerns entering the season. “Our height is okay,” he says, “with several guys over six feet. And so is our speed.”
Additional players on the roster include juniors Dale Stratton, Michael Cliburn, and Corey McKinney; and sophomores Christian Marler, Ryan Drew, Tyler Lott, Adam Day, Mason Demmon, and Palmer Lea.
The Colonels are scheduled to open the season at home on Monday, November 12, when they take on the Manchester Academy Mavericks. They’ll travel to Madden the next day where they’ll play the always-tough Leake Academy Rebels.

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