Despite their 2-2 record, the Okemos Chiefs have shown promise in the early stages of the prep hoops season.
Okemos’ two losses have both been by eight points to two undefeated teams — Everett and Grand Ledge.
Now — with a brief pause in the season, and a victory over Rockford last weekend — the Chiefs have an opportunity to refocus and grab their first winning streak, as they take on Troy Athens in the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Lansing Community College on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We just want to keep things moving forward,” Okemos coach Jeff Wonch said. “We’re getting better every single day. We lost to two good teams and beat two good teams.
“We just want to keep getting better and this is a chance to do that.”
The key to the Chiefs’ success moving forward is the play of Conner George.
The senior, who is averaging 22.5 points per game this year, feels that a victory in the Holiday Hoops Invitational will be pivotal for Okemos down the road.
“It’s going to be huge to get any type of winning streak,” George said. “It’s going to give us confidence as we enter league play — after break. We’re going to be very excited.”
George has had a tremendous start to his season. And as his play has continued to pick up, Wonch has noticed the same from other members of the Chiefs’ squad.
“Going into this season, we knew he (George) would have to be our guy if we were going to reach our goals,” Wonch said. “Conner has been really consistent this year. It’s good to see him step up right away.
“It’s exciting how other guys have stepped up, as well. Atticus Bohr hit five 3-pointers in the first half against Rockford. It’s exciting when guys have started to step up like that.”
George has credited his early-season success to his teammates. And while Okemos’ record may not indicate it yet, the Chiefs’ formula seems like it will eventually lead to the answer.
“My team has given me a bunch of opportunities and good looks,” George said. “They help me with picks and getting the ball to me when I’m open. And if I’m not, we move it around and get better looks.”