Monday, February 16, 2009

5' 7" Jam From Woodward

We made it out to Woodward to check on the Bulldogs and one of our favorite guys, coach Lannis Timmons. While we were there James Smith gave us a little show. He's 5' 7", although the roster lists him at 5' 11". Trust me, 5' 7" is much closer to the truth. Here he goes...

The Bulldogs took a hit against Taft 10 days ago, losing Jeremiah Chancellor with a high ankle sprain. He's the Bulldogs leading rebounder, shot blocker, and second leading scorer. Woodward lost that game to Taft, then lost to Winton Woods. But the Dawgs turned it around with wins over Aiken and Belmont this past weekend. Timmons says he's had more talented teams, but none that quite came together like this one. It's a young team, with a bunch of different parts that he was able to mold into a contender for a CMAC title.

Junior combo guard Aaron Cephas points to the the same trip last summer that the 'Dawgs say brought this young team together.

Kadeem Palmer is the Bulldogs point guard. Running a team at this level as a sophomore can be intimidating at first.

The Bulldogs play two road games the next two night. They are at N.C.H. Tuesday, then have a makeup game Wednesday night at Timmons' old stomping ground, West High. They'll have to do it without junior player Jeremiah Chancellor. He's still on crutches, but getting around thanks to a help from his friends.

Woodward has a first round bye in the tournament. The Bulldogs taste tournament action on Saturday, February 28th when they take on winner of Lakota West and Hughes. Tip off is 4:30 p.m. at U.C.

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