Purvis Tornadoes off to hot start at 9-2

By JESSE JOHNSON,

With seven seniors, Coach Eric Cooper and the Purvis Tornadoes men’s basketball team look to their experience and chemistry to give them that push needed to have a successful season.

With 9 wins thus far, the Tornadoes have already surpassed last year’s win total of eight games. Cooper is encouraged that his squad will be able to put together a great season due to the amount of depth this year.

“We are loaded this season,” Cooper said. “Out of seven seniors on the team, five of those will be starters. All five starters have improved tremendously this offseason. So far this season we have been able to sub five in and five out. This is huge for us. This will allow us to stay fresh, and be a little more aggressive in defensive opportunities”

Point guard Ashton Westmoreland, 6’0”, leads the team in scoring with 10 points per game and is looked upon to take the big shots if needed.

Trell Camp and Montero Ray are also off to a nice season. The senior forwards are averaging 7 points per game as well as adding seven rebounds each game.

As a whole, the Tornadoes are averaging 57 points and out rebounding their opponents with 39 rebounds.

With seven seniors on the team, the Tornadoes are relying on that experience to lead them throughout the season. Cooper expects all 13 men on the roster to contribute when their number is called.

“If you look at our stats this year, we are a well-balanced team,” Cooper said. “I just want all of our guys to know that we can call on any player on any given night. It’s all about team with us and uniting to get to where we want to be.