Scorpions focus on improvement

December 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills' six-year reign as county champion ended last season, when the Scorpions fell to 9-14 overall and 7-7 in the league.

Coach Dave Appleby hopes this year's team can show significant improvement. He bases much of that hope on the return of his two best players -- junior forward Mike Hill and senior forward Antoine Barnes.

Hill, 6 feet 2, 180 pounds, averaged 17.0 points. "He's a good scorer and one of the top area players," Appleby said.

Barnes, a 6-2 second-year player, averaged 12.0 points and showed the ability to score inside or outside. He shot turnaround jumpers with uncanny accuracy.

The Scorpions have four more returning players and several promising newcomers.

Among the returnees, Matt Tan is a 5-11 senior point guard who is also a good shooter.

Chris Sheldon is a 6-2 senior forward whose strengths are his passing ability and defense.

Returnee Tim Edwards is a 5-11 senior guard with a solid all-around game and athleticism, but he's inexperienced. And returnee Tim White is a 5-10 senior guard who shoots well.

Among newcomers, 6-0 junior point guard Joe Mansel played well for the JV last season. He's quick and a good shooter and defensive player.

Brian Ford, playing his first season at Oakland Mills, is a 6-1 junior guard with good instincts and excellent offensive skills -- a player to watch.

Seikou Hayes, a 6-3, 210-pound junior center, played well for the JV last season, but he has a torn calf muscle and is out at least until January. He has great individual skills and is a force on the low post.

Sean Hill is a 6-2 junior forward from the JV and Mike Hill's brother. Hill is an excellent rebounder at both ends of the floor and a good offensive player.

Tari Mitchell, a 6-2 junior guard, is a fundamentally sound, intelligent player.

Matt Witchita is a 6-7 junior center up from junior varsity who is an adept passer and defensive player.

Jamal Green is a junior guard with good passing ability.

"We're inexperienced, so it will take time for us to jell," Appleby said. "We might take some lumps in December but are pointing toward the playoffs."

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