PCS looking to take mens basketball to next levelBy JESSE JOHNSON,
When head coach Josh Dorman stepped down at Presbyterian Christian, the Bobcats looked to Joshua Sherer to lead the way and take the men’s program to the next level.
Sherer is entering his 17th year coaching and looks to establish a style of play for years to come. He has built an impressive resume throughout his coaching career, having spent five years coaching for Wesley College (Florence). In the 2018-‘19 season, Sherer won MAIS’ overall state championship with Lamar (Meridian). He looks to take his success and step the men’s program up.
Coaching basketball is not the only thing Sherer has devoted his life to. As a chaplain for the Army National Guard, Sherer will be deployed for a year beginning March 5. He hopes to get this team to the state championship games Feb. 28.
The Bobcats are sitting at 5-5 on the season but have the pieces to carry them to the next level. The record is deceiving, as the Bobcats have played a tough non-district schedule.
Out of those five losses, the Bobcats have lost to No. 3-ranked Petal, No. 2-ranked Harrison Central and a tough North Forrest team. Losing to Petal by five points. Sherer believes this team can play with anyone in the state and looks to continue to grow as district play gets underway Jan. 10.
“The tough schedule will benefit us as the season continues,” Sherer said. “We go blow-for-blow with these top schools. The question is can we turn that and close out games. This can either be our lid or our platform. We have all the talent in the world. Learning to close out games and winning is something we strive for.”
The Bobcats are led by a handful of players. Senior Jeremiah Montgomery is a force at the post position. Standing at 6’7”, he can overtake the box at any given moment and he leads his team in both rebounds and blocked shots.
Point guard TJ Hogan has the finesse and shooting ability of a guard who can play at the next level. Hogan is leading his team in scoring and assists and is aggressive on the boards, rebounding well.
Marquis Crosby is making the transition from football and is the most aggressive out of the bunch. The lefty can drain the three as well, which opens up the offense and creates opportunities for others.
If this team can buy into Sherer’s system, they will make some noise come district play. The coach has high expectations and is passionate about creating a culture surrounding his team.
“In recent years I have inherited teams that I had to build,” Sherer said. “Coach Josh Dorman did a great job with these kids last year. If we can just build off our experiences and buy into the system we are going to have a great year. Mental toughness and hard play will carry us when we need it. We have the pieces in place and look forward to the challenges ahead.”