Developing high school sports teams can be a daunting task for many prep coaches, but that is the aim of Georgia Military Prep School’s head coaches James Lunsford and Shawn Dennis.
GMC Prep continued its quest toward that goal over the weekend, as the Bulldogs struggled against some stout competition in the Portal Holiday Classic in Portal.
The boys’ squad went 1-2 over a three-game stretch, picking up a 58-52 win over Jenkins County to open up the tournament before falling 61-45 to Portal and 75-69 to Southeast Bulloch in games two and three.
“It went well, but it was a little up and down,” Lunsford, boys’ head coach, said. “The kids played well —I’m real proud of them. I think if we’re going to develop the kind of program that we want at GMC, we have to go play teams like these.”
Quatavius Brisco led the charge for the Bulldogs in game one with 18 points with Troy Campfield following with 10 points, 16 rebounds and three steals.
Brisco scored eight points to lead a struggling GMC Prep offense against Portal in game two.
“They just played a lot tougher than us and did a better job,” Lunsford said. “We just couldn’t get our offense going, but played good defense. I thought we played a little tired. I thought playing hard the first night, maybe we weren’t quite ready to play again.”
Despite falling to Southeast Bulloch, Campfield battled back for a 25-point performance in game three and 15 rebounds.
Preparing to face their region rival, Wilkinson County, on Friday, Lunsford hopes the tough early season will prep the team for the challenges ahead.
“We finished 7-5 for the first half of the year, but we just hope the schedule that we had will prepare us for the rest of the way,” he said. “We learned a lot, but I just hope that we learned enough so that we can not make the mistakes we made in the first half.”