CCHS, Jellico boys complete summer basketball schedules

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By Dwane Wilder

The boys’ basketball teams from Campbell County and Jellico high schools concluded their summer team camp/play day schedules last week.

Campbell County finished up on a high note at LMU’s Camp. The Cougars went 5-1 for the weekend. The lone loss was to Cumberland Gap during the fourth game of camp on Friday. 

Campbell County picked up wins over Loudon and Oneida as well as Kentucky schools Buckhorn and Knox Central.

Earlier last week, the Cougars began the UT Chattanooga Camp with three losses, but rebounded with five straight victories against Dekalb County, Cannon County, White House Heritage, East Jackson, Ga. and Knox Central, Ky.

Campbell County’s losses at the UTC Camp were to St. Francis, a private school out of Atlanta, and Chattanooga teams McCallie and Notre Dame.

From now until the start of preseason practice this fall, Cougars’ head coach Matt Housley is requiring his players to do lots of leg workouts in order to prepare them for a strenuous AAA schedule.

“Upper body strength is there for our guys,” Housley said.

“They all lift, and I don’t have to police them at all. Now it’s just about getting that strong base to support the style of play we’re incorporating. It will be a huge difference. At this time last year (forward) Gunner (St. John) would not have been able to play four minutes without a sub, but he’s going with Tim (Zupancic) at ABSolute Fitness and you can tell he is working his lower body out like crazy and it shows on the court big time.

“(Our players are doing) lots of shooting too. They’re in groups of two and are getting up to the gym at various times throughout the day. I want them trying to get between 500 and 750 shots up each day, which is a lot easier with the gun shooting machine. 

“We’re going to focus on those two main points. If we can stay healthy (knock on wood), I believe we could use seven or eight guards next year that are all quality District 3-AAA caliber. 

“The tough part is waiting until November to get started.” 

Jellico’s boys were scheduled to participate in the LMU Camp, but instead opted for three play days at Seymour, Anderson County and Lynn Camp, Ky.

The Blue Devils won four of their five games last week. Jellico defeated Seymour and Gatlinburg-Pittman on Tuesday at Seymour. The following day, the Blue Devils beat Sequoyah and led host AC at halftime before losing that game.

Jellico wrapped up its summer schedule with a win on Friday at Lynn Camp.

As has been the case during Jellico’s first two camps this summer, guards Austin Hunley and Justin Bowlin carried the team.

“We played pretty good,” Blue Devils’ coach Mike Reynolds said.

“We’ve got to develop some depth that will help us late in the season.”