Cougars hit the court under Smith’s leadership | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 25, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 11:21 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Cougars are hitting the hardwood in a realigned Region 8-AAAA classification under the direction of a new coach. Coach Jacob Smith will be at the helm of Colleton County basketball this winter. He will be charged with turning around a team which recorded a 4-16 overall record and went 1-7 in region competition last season.
Smith, named as the head varsity basketball coach last April, brings 15 years of experience as a coach and teacher to Colleton County. In his 11 years as a varsity head basketball coach, Smith has amassed an overall record of 167 wins and 116 losses.
Coming in fresh, Smith is not overly concerned about last season’s record or problems. In fact, he relishes his role as a proven “fixer” of sorts, having turned around programs at Cheraw, North Charleston and Swansea.
In their first scrimmage of the season, the Cougars tied Timmonsville High School 22-22. Tristian Nieves led Colleton County’s scoring effort with 13 points, while De’lajae Ferguson finished with 7 points.
“We played well at times in the first quarter,” said Smith. “In the second half, we turned the ball over several times. Now, we are focused on doing the right things — on and off the court — and will continue to work on the fundamentals. We are also working on building a family environment.”
Colleton County was scheduled to play Woodland High School on Monday at 6 p.m. and participate in the Cougar Round-Up Tuesday against Manning High School with a 7:45 tipoff. They open the regular season, on the road, against Wade Hampton on Tuesday Nov. 29.