CUNNINGHAM, Tenn. — The Montgomery Central Indians looked good in their basketball season opener against Jo Byrns High School Friday night, with a decisive 55-20 victory over the Red Devils.
Eleven of coach Jimmy Young’s Indians scored, led by Jordan Nelson’s 11 points. Jarius Satterfield added 10 in the win.
“We’ve got some talent, we’ve got some size and some good guard play,” Young said. “We are about nine to 10 players deep, but the real key is that we are unselfish, and we play hard.”
The Indians were strong at both ends of the court. They passed the ball well, getting the ball inside often. They also shot well from the field and the free throw line. Central ended the first half with a 20-point lead, and by the end of the third quarter they had extended that lead to 51-14. In the fourth quarter the Red Devils began to show signs of frustration.
“Our team looked good in the opener because they play together really well,” Young said. “This is the most unselfish team I’ve had in years. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a more unselfish team.”
And the Indians can boast height. Three of Young’s starters are 6-foot-5, 6-4 and 6-3. The team is very athletic and showed a lot of quickness as well.
“I was really proud of our effort tonight,” Young said. “We’ve got a chance to be OK. It’s early and we have a lot to work on. There are a lot of good teams we will have to play, so we just have to take each game one at a time and get as focused and prepared as we can for that next game.”
Young says he still gets nervous before each game.
“You always want your kids to win, but you never know what might happen out there,” Young said. “I’ve never been a coach that looks past anybody.”
Montgomery Central travels to Houston County on Tuesday. “That will be a tough game,” Young said. “We’re going to be ready to play, we’ll just get after it and see what happens.”