Mayflower Eagles

Published October 27, 2013 at 5:00 a.m.
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Conference: 3A-5

Coach: Mike Simmons, starting his 31st year, all in Mayflower

Assistant coach: Mike Harville

2012-13 record: 18-8 overall, 10-4 conference, regional runner-up — lost to Osceola in the first round of the state tournament

Returning starters: J.P. Perry, junior, 14 points per game, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Drew Duncan, junior guard, 11 ppg, 1.4 apg, 3.7 rpg, shot 42 percent from 3-point range; and Bradley Chambliss, senior forward, 2.2 ppg, 4 rebounds, best defensive player.

Best inside players: Justin Bailey and Hayden Long, both junior forwards.

Best outside players: Perry; Duncan; Trey Lasker, junior guard; and Jordan Burns, senior guard.

How will you match/exceed/fall short of your finish last year?: “I feel we will be very competitive and have the chance to match — and hopefully exceed — last year’s accomplishments,” Simmons said.

Team strengths: “I feel guard play and shooting should be strong suits,” Simmons said.

Team weaknesses: “If we play up to potential, we will have few weaknesses, but rebounding and overall size could be a problem,” the veteran coach said.

Games to watch: Almost any conference game will be a game to watch, he said. Episcopal and Benton Harmony Grove should be very strong.

Toughest opponent: Simmons said he expects Little Rock Episcopal to be a challenge.

In a nutshell: “We have the opportunity to be very good,” Simmons said. “We will need to gel as a team, share the ball, defend, rebound and cut down on turnovers to reach our goals.”

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