Live Oak —
Boys basketball season took on Leon High School in a pre-season shootout in Tallahassee Nov. 23 and 24. The team did a great job, but were up against some tough teams. The final scores indicate the team played hard and have a strong competitive edge.
The team lost to Godby Friday night, Nov. 23, 61-60 and Florida High on Saturday, 84-79.
“We lost to Godby by one on Friday and lost in double overtime by four or five on Saturday to Florida High,” said Coach Jeremy Ulmer.
Ulmer said he has three players returning this year and that for the new players, it will be a quick learning curve in order to be competitive. Ulmer said he is confident they’ll adjust quickly and continue to compete.
“We have an established system that works well as our past record has shown,” said Ulmer. “Obviously, we will have to make some adjustments since we have very inexperienced players this year.”
Suwannee’s record in the 2011-12 school year was 20-7. Ulmer took over coaching the Suwannee boys team in the 2010-11 school year. He took a record of 8-11 the prior year to 16-8 and then 20-7.
“Jimmie Taylor, Deangelo Ross, and Kevarius Hayes will be expected to step up big,” said Ulmer. “They’ll have to if we want to win games.”
If the pre-season practices are any indication of this season, then the three returning players will be the ones carrying the torch and leading the others. Returning senior Taylor averaged 28 points per game and over 10 rebounds per game. Returning sophomore Hayes averaged 15 ppg, 21 rpg and five blocks per game in their first two outings. Senior Ross also contributed several 3-pointers and some much needed scoring.
Ulmer encourages folks to support the basketball program by coming out to see this season’s players “tear up” the court.
“These boys play hard and are fun to watch,” said Ulmer. “We have some D1 caliber players on the team this year and plenty of other talent.”
The Bulldogs officially begin the season Thursday night as they take on Columbia at home. The junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.