High School Sports

SOUTH BOYS: New coach works at consistency

The South boys lost several close games last season.

And while the team gets a new start with new coach Steve Lilly, the new coach hopes that his team hasn't forgotten the lessons that came from those losses.

"Hopefully they've learned from that experience," Lilly said. "I hope that will make them want to take care of the small stuff."

Lilly inherits a program that finished tied for the bottom of the City League. While he has every intention of turning the program around, he knows that it won't come easily or quickly.

"There's going to be a learning curve. Anytime there's transition, you have some things that are different," Lilly said.

A top returner is Tony Buchanan, a 6-foot-5 senior. Buchanan was the Titans' inside presence last season and with last year's experience, Lilly expects quite a bit from him.

"It's going to be extremely important that he plays big for us," Lilly said. "He's going to have to be a presence on both offense and defense."

Also returning are T.J. Thomas and DuWayne Kelly. Thomas and Kelly will arm the perimeter, and both are athletic guards who can defend. Defending the perimeter is a must, Lilly said, especially in a guard-dominant league.

"The guards have to be the head of the defense," Lilly said. "They have to put pressure on the perimeter. We have to stop the dribble-drive."

Lilly is optimistic about his group because of their athletic ability. However, he knows the City League has plenty of athletes.

"There's athleticism throughout the league, so it kind of evens out," Lilly said. "What we have to do is to improve our skill level."

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