CANEY — For Cougars basketball, the future arrived Thursday.
Freshman Shane Tisdale made his varsity debut in Thursday’s season opener, dropping 20 points - off the bench - in a 74-30 Caney Cougars victory over Mill Creek.
Caney Coach Matt Brister was obviously upbeat after starting the season with a 44-point win.
“I’ve got high expectations for him, he’s got a lot of raw talent. He’s got height, speed and he can shoot,” Brister said of the 6-2 freshman - one of two who are expected to make an impact for the Cougars, including Bobby Baker.
“But we’ve got alot of room for improvement,” Brister said.”We’re riding the shoulders of (returning starters) Garrett Green, Hunter Manning and Haskell Lawless.”
The upper class trio combined for 35 points, with Green and Manning scoring 13 apiece. Juniors Lawless and Dillon Vest (in his first starting role) scored nine each. Baker added five. The other starter, Trent Delay, didn’t make the scorecard but helped on defense and other intangibles, Brister said.
“I liked our defense. I feel like we played with a lot of effort,” he said. “We executed our transition game better than in our scrimmages.”
The deep Caney team started Thursday against a Mill Creek Bullfrogs team which only suited up seven players. Tonight, the Cougars hit the road against Wapanucka.