Mt Tabor (7-0, 1-0), hosted Parkland High (5-3, 1-1), this week in their conference opener and the Spartans got an impressive 86-60 win.

Both teams find themselves in one of the toughest conferences in the state and on any given night one of these teams could beat the other, so every game will be important. Tabor City was rocking for four quarters, the home side established tempo and really set the tone as the aggressors.

Parkland fought back after a halftime turn around, at one point the Stangs trailed by 23 points. Coach Holcomb- Faye got his group going out of the break, after being pushed around for two quarters they came out with more intensity and actually cut the deficit to 12 pts with three minutes left in the contest. The scrappy guards of Parkland were able to get under the taller Tabor guards for easy steals, and baskets at the other end.

In the end Coach Muse's squad was able to make enough plays down the stretch to seal the deal. These two coaches are very familiar with one another, Coach Travis- Faye is apart of Andy Muse's coaching tree, and Faye also has an assistant on staff that played under Coach Muse.

 

'Travis is doing a great job for Parkland they came into the game (5-2), and they had a hard fought game last night so I'm sure it took a lot out of them. But the bottom line is this is a conference game and that's more important than anything else,we were at our house and wanted to show we were ready to start off our conference race with a win.' Coach Muse said.

 

Player Standouts

2018 6'4 Isaiah 'Chico' Wilkins- led all scorers with 26 points last night and he is the leader for this team. Whenever the Spartans needed a bucket number 12 was called on and over the last two years Chico has transformed himself into one of the top scorers in the state.

Wilkins is a big bodied guard capable of scoring at all three levels; he can stroke it from deep and is money on the catch and shoot, Wilkins is most effective operating off the dribble in the mid-range, he will also take his man off the dribble and absorb contact at the cup. Against the smaller Parkland guards Wilkins shot over smaller defenders, and when they brought pressure he attacked the pine aggressively.

2019 6'4 Quest Aldridge- is a talented pass-first point guard in a day where there aren't many around. Aldridge is always looking to make the extra pass and set up teammates, his court vision is truly a gift and the pinpoint passing ability is a real treat to watch.

Aldridge is so smooth and accurate on the no looks sometimes his teammates aren't even ready for them. Last season he barely saw any court time and now a year later Aldridge plays the second most minutes and could be the most important player with the rock because he runs the show. He scored 17 pts and threw out six assists to pace this high octane offense.

6'1 2018 Casey Wilkins- a returning all-conference player Wilkins is the senior leader of the Mustangs. He is a crafty guard who is capable of taking and making big shots, Wilkins finished with 14 pts.

Wilkins hasn't had a ton of recruitment buzz but a big senior year and a deep playoff run could change that. Wilkins will give max effort on both ends and possess the talent and I.Q. to play at the collegiate level. The Mustangs will need Wilkins to continue to lead along with other seniors on this roster if a state title run is in the plans.

5'9 2021 Camian Shell- A major bright spot for the Stang Gang, Shell looks like one of the top freshmen in the Hoop State. At this stage he is Parkland's best player through eight games, Shell scored a team-high 21 pts he also added four boards and four steals to pace the Stangs.

On the year Shell is averaging 16 pts, four assists, and three steals a contest, he is a dog on both ends. Shell looked like the most complete guard on the floor; he posses a demeanor of a player years beyond him, Shell broke down Tabors zone D and penetrated the lane relentlessly, when traps came Shell used advanced court vision to find open teammates for finishes. Offensively Shell has a devastating first step and at the rack he can finish with either hand, Shell has major range on the jumper, and rarely turns the ball over as a young guard.