McQueen showed it will be a force this season.
Octavian Corley scored 21 points as the Lancers raced past Damonte Ranch, 75-51 in boys basketball Tuesday at Damonte.
McQueen coach John Franklin said his team committed too many turnovers, but that comes from pushing the pace.
“We knew it was going to be ugly,” Franklin said. “But when you want to get out and run, you’re going to do that. I’ve got to learn to live with that, take the good with the bad.”
The Lancers moved the ball well and easily found the 6-foot-10 Corley. The senior, already a force last season, is even stronger and smarter with the ball this season.
“I’m not easy to play for, but what he’s learning to do is get up and down and go hard and that’s going to take him places he’s never been,” Franklin said. “For him, I’m excited. It’s still a project.”
Corley was happy with the win, but admitted he has a lot to learn.
“It was a good team win. We’ve got some stuff to work on. There’s some things we need to do better overall,” Corley said. “We played pretty good.”
Tavian Cheaton added 14 points for McQueen.
Damonte senior Brett Cooper led all scorers with 31 points including four 3-pointers. Nobody else on Damonte had more than four.
First-year Damonte coach DJ Moore was not too disappointed with the loss, saying he likes to start off with a tough opponent.
“McQueen is a really good team. We knew that coming in. We prepared for them pretty well, I felt,” Moore said. “They’re really good. They’re going to be good all year.”
McQueen has talent it has not had in a few years.
“John (Franklin) is a good coach,” Moore said. “John has coached nothing and made them something, now, when you give him something he’s going to do a hell of a job. That’s just John.”
Moore was happy with his offense, but said the Mustangs defense needs to improve.