The Central Tigers out of Cape Girardeau were the class of Class 5 last season, as they were crowned Conference and District Champions and made it to the State Quarterfinals. They lost a tight 75-65 matchup to Webster Groves, but it was a banner year for the Tigers nonetheless.
Last season the Tigers finished with a brilliant 23-6 record and, despite losing half of their starters, they are still loaded again this season.
Returning starters will be:
Maurice Boyd 6’2 Sr.
Cameron Williams 6’8 Sr.
Clayton McClard 5’ 8 Sr.
Max Vogel 6’5 Jr. (started 9 games)
They will have some help though, as there are some exciting and talented new additions to the team as well.
Joining this year’s Varsity squad will be:
Latroy Mcintosh 6’6 Jr.
Tyson Williams 6’2 Jr.
Jay Reynolds 6’4 Jr.
Matayo Rivers 5’10 So.
Marquel Murray 6’3 Fr.
Tyseandre Edwards 6’5 Fr.
Head Coach Drew Church will have a lot to work with with 7-of-9 top returning scorers, and is looking to Williams to be the key, impact player that leads the squad.
We asked Coach Church what the overall expectations for the team are this season and, and he bluntly stated, “I expect us to have great effort, be great teammates and defend every possession.” Pretty cut and dry, but words to live by nonetheless.
We asked what the established strengths of this team that currently exist, and, conversely, what aspects does he think could be a work in progress? He responded in kind with, “I believe of our strength could be our depth, we have 9 or 10 guys that are working hard for playing time. We have good size and a few guys who can score the basketball. We will continue to stress defense the entire year.”
Solid defense can’t be underestimated, and is a mentality in Cape, so this season should be no different. Coaching can have the biggest impact there, so expect Church and his staff to stress it with a tough schedule on tap.
This year could be very challenging, with the Tigers having added CBC, Hazelwood Central and Confluence Prep. They are also immersed in a very tough Semo Conference that is historically challenging.
Coach Church closed with, “This is a group that is working very hard and is hungry. Hopefully by February or March we are playing our best basketball.”
The sky is the limit for this bunch, but there is work to be done. Roster turnover is a part of life in High School Basketball, but that doesn’t make it easy. These Tigers will have to put in the time, but they have a talented and balanced roster and should have high expectations for the 2022-23 season.
Good luck Tigers!