Saturday, November 09, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-11-09 11:11:40)
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—It has been said there is no substitute for experience, and the Cocke County High Fighting Cocks basketball team has a ton of it on its roster for the upcoming season.

The Fighting Cocks return four senior starters and also have several experienced players that will come off the bench to produce.

This wealth of experience has Cocke County head coach Ray Evans excited for the season.

“We’ve got a lot of veteran players coming back, and the expectations are going to be a little higher than normal,” Evans said. “I expect to compete for a (district) championship. I know with the ability that we have, if we can throw in a little bit of luck here and there, I have no doubt in my mind that we can win it. That’s all up in the air and it depends on how things fall out.”

Evans said on numerous occasions a season ago that he wanted his team to play with more physicality. That message remains the same this year.

“I don’t if it’s politically correct or not, but I want to be the bullies,” Evans said. “I think we have to show a level of toughness on defense and play physical. I think we’ve got a team that can do that. And then if we’re playing physical on defense, we’re good enough to play fast on offense. So when we do get a turnover or rebound, we can get down the floor as quick as anybody I believe.

“We want to play physical and play fast,” Evans said. “That’s the best of both worlds there, but I think eventually that could be our identity.”

For the full story, see the November 9-10 Weekend Edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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