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Generals mid-season review

Published 9:31am Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The 2013 season so far has been a trying one for the Horseshoe Bend Generals boys basketball team.
After losing virtually all of its statistical leaders from last season, Horseshoe Bend has experienced some tough sledding to start the year.  Here’s a review of the Generals at the winter break.

The season so far
The Generals began the season with a one-point victory over Wadley, starting the 2013-14 campaign on a high note.
Since then, the team has struggled to recapture the winning formula, as the team has come out on the short end of every game since.
Currently 1-11 on the season, the Generals are battling through injuries and inexperience as the young faces of Horseshoe Bend will attempt to turn it around in the New Year.

Star watch
Antwan Hardnett appears to be the top dog for the Generals going forward in the team’s campaign. Hardnett was named to the Pepsi Classic’s all-tournament team, and he is clearly considered a top option when it comes to putting the ball in the basket.
A hustle player that attacks the hoop by nature, Hardnett’s confidence continues to grow as he settles into to being the lead man in the Horseshoe Bend offense.

Unsung heroes
Cody Denham has shown flashes of being able to serve as a No. 2 option alongside Hardnett. Kurtis Smothers brings experience to the team, and as the only holdover with some semblance of playing experience from last season, his leadership could prove invaluable.
Questions heading into 2014
The number one issue for the Generals so far in the season has been offense. In the team’s only victory, the team was only able to muster 20 points. The Generals have only cracked the 30-point plateau on three occasions this season. If the team has any hopes of righting the ship, it will have to start with the Generals lighting up the scoreboard.
Horseshoe Bend also lost starting point guard Red Lewis to a broken ankle, so finding a new floor general is likely high on coach Mike Boyd’s to-do list entering 2014.
Also something worth watching is the continued development of Hardnett and Denham as scorers for the Generals. Rest assured, the Generals are not going to quit on the season, but it will be key to see what kind of players the team will have going forward.

Next game
The Generals will host Reeltown Jan. 3.