The Mineral County High School boys basketball team opened its season performing as expected at the Serpents

Tyshawn Bonner sets up for a shot during the Serpent Classic. The Serpents went 2-3 during the tournament. (C.W. Wilkinson photo)

The Mineral County High School boys basketball team opened its season performing as expected at the Serpent Classic, winning two of the five games it played, said coach Pete Summerbell, Serpents.

“I think the tournament overall went awesome,” Summerbell said. “For our team I felt they did a good job.”

Summerbell said he was happy with his team’s performance, especially with the effort and effect of forwards Victor Williams, who scored 20 points in one game and 16 in another, and Brady Cardenas.

“Those are cutters and slashers and they’re able to finish and get to the hole,” Summerbell said. “[But] we’ve got to get out big men more involved, especially in scoring.”

Summerbell said when the team stayed with the game plan and ran its offense things went well, but when discipline broke down, so did the scoring. During one of the games the team was held scoreless for 14 minutes, Summerbell said.

“I think at times we played exceptionally well on defense, but our bigs didn’t play as well as I thought they would,” he said.

After just one practice, the Serpents traveled to Bishop, Calif., and Yurington on Dec. 10 and 11 for a pair of non-conference contests. Summerbell said he hopes to win the games, but mostly sees the games as practice for conference play, which kicks off on Dec. 20.

He said he is going to focus his team on the fundamentals and consistency to get ready for the big dance.

“They’re a good bunch of kids,” Summerbell said. “They’re going to continue to work hard and we’re going to do our best to try and push them and get the most out of them.”