Gray Collegiate hopes to use its Bojangles loss as learning experience
Gray Collegiate opened Day Two of the Bojangles Bash with a learning experience that will help later in the season.
The War Eagles, the defending Class 2A state champions, were roughed up by Aspire Academy (KY) 78-59, leaving coach Dion Bethea thinking this was something his team needed more as an attention grabber than anything else.
Gray Collegiate could have had four starters back from last year’s title team but Juwan Gary, the Alabama commit that left over the summer for Liberty Heights in North Carolina, elected not to return. The War Eagles did have Jalen Deloach transfer in, but putting all the parts together has been challenging.
“We have to just keep playing regardless if we’re down or not,” Bethea said.
“We have to play and finish the game. We have to get over these growing pains. We’re heavy at the guard spot and we still need to figure some things out rotation-wise. This is the time to do those things instead of later in the season.”
The parts are there for Gray Collegiate to have another championship run. Four seniors are back, and all have big-game experience. Tommy Bruner led the way against the Wizards with 18 points and five assists, but he’s not alone.
Dallaz Corbitt muscled his way to 12 points and six rebounds while Jhalil Robinson added seven points and eight rebounds.
Point guard Khalil Robinson is returning from an injured wrist that caused him to miss most of the playoff run. He contributed eight points, five rebounds and two assists.
The War Eagles trailed 20-19, after one quarter but foul trouble and a lack of experienced depth caught up with them. Aspire Academy, coming off a last-second loss to Ridge View the night before, led 39-30 at the half and it never got closer than five points in the second half.
Proper Obidiebube led the Wizards with 23 points and 17 rebounds.